Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Sedi Elrington had announced his retirement from electoral politics on July 12 during the UDP leadership convention. During a Special Sitting of the House of Representatives early August, Elrington had given the Government for failing to take action to help the Belize City youth. During a sit down with Minister Elrington earlier this week he told Love News that there are two things he regrets during his time in Government.
Wilfred Elrington, Former Pickstock UDP Standard Bearer: “If I have any regret it is that we were not able to do more for the young people. The young people if we had only — two things I have regrets about — we were not able to do enough for the young people and we were not able to do enough for families as a whole because the strength of a nation is the family and so if we were able to strengthen the families, ensure that they were well looked after both in terms of their housing needs as well as in terms of their education needs and their health needs and of course proper schooling and discipline I think we would have been a much better society to the extent that we have not been able to do as much in that regard I have some regret. But of course we are a small nation only forty years old and we can’t do everything over night but I just feel that if we had in fact maintained the policies and practices that the British had left with us at the time we got independence, we had been able to maintain the strong education institutions and the strong institutions of government, if we were able to do the supervision that was necessary, the monitoring that was necessary and the discipline had been maintained I think we would have done well but over the years we got very lax and that’s gonna hurt us tremendously going forward.”
This is Elrington’s last term in officer. Minister Anthony Boots Martinez has taken over the Pickstock division as the Standard Bearer.