Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Dr. the Hon. Kedrick Pickering called on heads of churches and social commentators to take certain leads in the community and not to look only at the elected officials.
Hon. Pickering said that accountability for the Territory’s wellbeing falls not only on those elected, but also on those selected to lead in other areas of the society. “If our country is going to advance, if we are going to develop and build the great little nation we’re supposed to build — social commentators, spiritual leaders … they have as much a role to play in the overall development of the country as political leaders. Leadership does not rest solely, it is not the sole domain of political or elected leaders,” Hon. Pickering said.
The Deputy Premier made the comment during his recent appearance on the radio talk show ‘Honestly Speaking’ with Claude Skelton-Cline. During that sit down Hon. Pickering said that community persons in authority should do their part as well.
“Leadership has many facets to it, and the spiritual…leaders of the country, whether they be pastors, priests or whatever title they have just as much responsibility in these difficult times to show leadership,” the Minister said.
In fact, Hon. Pickering noted that one way the head of churches can do their part is by speaking out against matters that are untenable. “To me it’s almost a dropping of the ball, a dereliction of duty so to speak for spiritual leaders not to be vocal about the issues of the day to ensure that the country is one the right path.”
In calling on the leaders to speak out Hon. Pickering said, “The government has to take its responsibilities and be criticized where it needs to be criticized. There is enough criticisms to go around…If we debate the issues in a robust respectful way, agree to be disagreeable I think it can only augur well for our country,”
“Where I have a problem is where we start casting blame and assertions and it starts to get down to the point of being personal and bitter. That’s where I start to have a problem and I don’t necessarily want to be a part of that if you want to have open, frank, fair debate I’m in for it any time any place because I continue to say iron sharpen iron,” the Deputy Premier added.