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Stop illegal activities @ Huntums Ghut Basketball Court- Resident

- Hon Myron V. Walwyn urges 5th District residents to form mentoring groups in community
Illegal activities among young people are taking place at the Huntums Ghut basketball court, a resident of the Fifth District alleged at the Fifth District consultation meeting on February 5, 2018. Photo: Youtube
Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL), Minister for Education and Culture, has suggested that the community should form a group to mentor youth who are conducting illegal activities. Photo: VINO
Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL), Minister for Education and Culture, has suggested that the community should form a group to mentor youth who are conducting illegal activities. Photo: VINO
Fifth District public consultation meeting held at Althea Scatliffe Primary School on Monday, February 5, 2018. Photo: VINO
Fifth District public consultation meeting held at Althea Scatliffe Primary School on Monday, February 5, 2018. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A resident of the Fifth District has appealed to the government to address the illegal activities that are allegedly taking place at the Huntums Ghut Basketball Court. The resident made the plea during the Fifth District public consultation meeting on Monday, February 5, 2018 at the Althea Scatliffe Primary School in Road Town, Tortola.

"One concern I have is the basketball court in the Huntums Ghut area, a good project and I understand the circumstances that it got stalled, but it is harbouring some activities that I don’t like to see, especially with young people. I think you all should make it a priority to lock the doors and try to get that under control because it is not a nice scene," emphasised the concerned resident.

The resident acknowledged that he has made several complaints to persons and to date nothing has been done to rectify the issue, adding that he takes pride in his community and wants to see something done immediately.

He said, "It is in my area and I have pride in this area. I have mentioned it to several people and nobody doing anything about it. Let’s try to save our youth and do something about locking that place up. The activities don’t look good."

'Set up group to mentor youth' - Hon Myron

Responding to the resident’s concerns, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL), Minister for Education and Culture, suggested that the community form a group and mentor youth who they feel are conducting illegal activities, while adding that the matter has been brought to his attention before and they tried to address it.

He said, "The matter was brought to my attention before the hurricanes and we did go and do some work to address the issue. We have to look at the bigger problem. If people are doing things that they should not be doing at that location, one of the things that we are saying to persons in the community is to form a little group, and do a little mentoring with them. Try to get them to do the right thing because once you close that facility; if they are set on doing that, they will move to another location."

Linking young people with qualified skilled workers

Meanwhile, Hon Walwyn explained that through the Youth Employment Services programme, they have paired young persons, who have taken the free construction courses, with qualified skilled individuals in hopes that they use that opportunity to learn from them.

"We have aligned the Youth Employment Services programme with the training programme at the college. So we get a list of all the young persons who would have done courses and we link them with contractors. We also link them with organisations who are in here trying to help us. If we can have that transfer of knowledge and skills for the young persons who would have gone through the programme at the college, I think it would work well," explained Hon Walwyn.

He further disclosed that a stipend is given to the young persons who work as apprentices with the contractors and different organisations.

The minister stressed, "We want the focus to again really be on learning skills and not so much on the money because once you get the skills then the money will come later on."

17 Responses to “Stop illegal activities @ Huntums Ghut Basketball Court- Resident”

  • water (06/02/2018, 16:21) Like (22) Dislike (6) Reply
    Pure talk mw wil not do a thing unless it gets him votes
    • >>>> (07/02/2018, 10:27) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply

      What should he do? Take the place of the parents who don't give a f#@k? We just sit back and pretend as though politicians are not humans with their own families and their own personal issues and can somehow wave a magic wand and VOOM all our problems are gone. Everyone is on a paper chase and don't give a f#@k about each other that's the main problem but it makes us feel better by blaming Government so we don't have to look in the mirror and slap ourselves into doing better as a people. We are always quick to say we don't need Government for anything but as soon as there is an issue to be dealt with and it seems difficult, let's drop it in Government's lap.

  • Hmmm (06/02/2018, 16:26) Like (13) Dislike (5) Reply
    Where is the representative? We don't want to hear from this man because he help created this mess in District 5. He wouldn't listen.
  • @ @ @ (06/02/2018, 16:27) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
    Good idea myron
  • Crooked (06/02/2018, 16:29) Like (27) Dislike (1) Reply
    When they done encourage the behavior bybgiving money during election time to buy weed and other drugs in order to get votes they didn't think on this then. A born crook.
  • Bill who (06/02/2018, 16:48) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    The poor people of Haiti needs their money..
    • Switch D (06/02/2018, 18:45) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      D need to switch if she wants to keep her district.. NDP will win Just 3 Seats and D is not one of them.
  • Gumption.Official (06/02/2018, 17:12) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply

    We have the above issue in every or in most communities within the Virgin Islands.Most of those youths who does be on (blocks) are good people. Their just mislead by the wrong individual /lacking things to do. Some will say go read a go, I’ll agree but let’s be real in 2018 that option is tin in this new culture of day and age. A lost of those youths have dreams and potentials of been amazing but just lacking full support. I know this because I was there too. Not much different from the people we called nuisance. I just needed one or two person to look beyond and give me a try. I hope part of the BVi recovery plan will be creating positive programs to help our youths. Jail ain’t the answer or the solution but lack of not creating the opportunity and give those a chance to live the opportunity.
  • wize up (06/02/2018, 17:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    the youth of today need more nurturing: people to sit with them then find out their concerns then you might gather what causes them to do what they: all meet 60 year and I know while growing you to be on your best behaviour because elders villages throughout this territory keep you in check: I ever mindful things have to change and progress come at a high price.....
  • See (06/02/2018, 18:36) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    Seems there is always an excuse for bad behavior . SMH
  • This Generation (06/02/2018, 18:43) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    Sad. Sad. gave these young people a Holy palace they will turn it into a crime ghetto.. Government doing good things but these rude axxss young people Just don't appreciate and cherish..
  • Look more trouble (06/02/2018, 20:18) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    When you all put things in place that u can’t disipline your children what you expect.Parents and children are friends now,no respect for anyone.The parent’s going in school to beat the teacher’s,look it have a Cadet program here see how many children are in it.
  • The Watcher (06/02/2018, 23:41) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    They put the right 1st picture up same thing goes on at that basketball court, I had to move could no longer stand the stench of the weed everyday coming from the court in my house.
  • wize up (08/02/2018, 09:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So what about that night club right beside the church....it’s all well and good to isolate the behaviour of the young people on the basketball court BUT it is alright to the Spain bar near the church (just asking).....when you find out the conduct of that night club let us all know:
  • Hmmm (09/02/2018, 08:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is not the same district it was 8 years ago. And if we don't clamp down on things now our generation will get out of control.


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