Nassau, Bahamas — The Free National Movement expresses unreserved congratulations to the Hon. Charles Maynard, MP, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture upon the successful hosting of the 2009 Junior Junkanoo parade.
Congratulations and deep appreciation is also extended to the hundreds of young students who enthusiastically participated, despite inclement weather, and who thrilled the audience with the quality of their performances.
The former Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Neville Wisdom, whose mean-spirited attempt to pre-emptively cast a pall of failure upon the parade, owes those hundreds of children, their parents, teachers and the Bahamian people a full apology.
Neville Wisdom’s predictions of “doom and gloom” were shattered by the boundless energy and performances of the children who participated.
Mr. Wisdom should also be aware of the fact that, under the FNM Government, all schools are free to choose for themselves whether or not to participate in the parade. He should also know that schools have just this week concluded their semester exams.
If the schools and parents decide that the academic progress of the children should come first and that the children should not participate at this time, then that is their right as the final arbiters of the children’s activities and should be fully understood by the rest of us.