Another Bahamian need fall victim to Ingraham “Bahamians NEED NOT APPLY” POLICY!
I am a Bahamian professional Transportation Engineer currently residing in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A, and the president of IDS Global, a Transportation and Highway Engineering firm in Atlanta.
Early this year, the official list of engineers permitted to work in the Bahamas was published and my name was omitted. I questioned the Director of Works and he referred me to the Engineer’s Board, to whom I submitted an application on February 9, 2011, which has yet to be approved.
I have always supported the idea of an engineer’s bill, and the regulation of the practice of engineering in the Bahamas.
I believe that the at the Bahamas Professional Board of Engineering Board is obligated to conduct their business fairly and without bias, and I am questioning whether the board is acting fairly and I am concerned that executive members may be acting in a manner to provide an unfair advantage to either themselves or other engineers less qualified to do Transportation Engineering.
Prior to the passing of the Bahamas Professional Engineer’s Bill, I was registered as a professional Engineer on a formal list held by the Minister of Works. It is my belief that the Engineering Board and the Minister of Works made an error by referencing the list of professional engineer to be rolled into the status of professional engineers upon the passing of the engineers Bill 2004, from the list of engineers then held by the Bahamas Society of Engineers. Instead, they should have used the list of Professional Engineers held at the Ministry of Works.
It was not my intention to embarrass anyone, but the matter is what it is. How can the government overlook its own list of professional engineers, and go to a social society to obtain an official list for registration? This is clearly an oversight, and the manner in which both the Board and the Government has failed to address the issue properly suggest that it was deliberate than error, and rather than swiftly correct this error, the Ingraham Administration and the Engineering Board appear to be upset that someone pointed out the mistake that was made.
Blacklisting & Traits of Communism
I am also concerned that the Ingraham Administration is engaging in “Blacklisting,” namely denying fair and equal opportunities to individuals whom the current Prime Minister or executives of the Ingraham administration disapprove of.
I sincerely believe that while the Board has their motives, ultimately they take their cues from the Ingraham Administration.
The issue of Blacklisting is extremely concerning, especially seeing the curious and cozy relationship that the FNM has with Communist Cuba and Communist China, two of the world’s leading communist countries renown for the abusive treatment of their own citizens. It should be a concern to all Bahamians whether the increasing relationship with China will result in harsher and even acts criminality by the government against law abiding Bahamians.
I am accusing the Prime Minister of taking an Idi Amin approach to governing. He is basically patrolling the Bahamas and giving and taking from whomsoever he pleases.
This is not my first run in with the Ingraham Administration. In 1994 I accused the Ingraham Administration of covering up wrongdoing against me as a Ministry of Works employee during his first term as PM in 1992. The matter concerned internal disputes at MOW about my engineering scholarship application denial.
Documents are available to support my accusations against MOW administrators, who in 1994 falsified documents to imply that I was involved in criminal activities in efforts to justify their denying me a scholarship.
When I complained to the then Minister of Works Frank Watson and then to the Prime Minister, they were arrogant and rather that resolve the matter, sought to victimize me. There are documents and persons who can easily verify these statements.
Only after I demonstrated publicly in front of MOW (story covered in Nassau Guardian around Dec 1994) and then complained to the US Embassy did the MOW grant me the scholarship, which was taken back shortly thereafter without reason or justification.
I am also a political cartoonist, having worked for 13 tears for the Nassau guardian, for which I received the 1976 Silver Jubilee award. In this vein, I question whether either the Ingraham Administration is being politically vindictive. In either case, there is no rational for denying me registration.
The bottom line is that there is too much political interference in just about every avenue of business in the Bahamas. It is only a matter of time before the Bahamas begins to falsely imprison individuals for their political views.