As African Awareness Month draws to a close, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner, has encouraged students of Harrison College to have a succession plan when considering a life in entrepreneurship.
Speaking at the school???s morning assembly on Friday, Senator Sandiford-Garner highlighted the life and experiences of Barbadian-born politician and businessman, James A. Tudor.
Praising several of his achievements, Mrs. Sandiford-Garner stated: ???One of the great tragedies of Tudor???s life (is that) he did not have a succession plan???We sometimes do not have a succession plan.???
The Senator strongly cautioned students to learn from the examples and errors made by Mr. Tudor and to seek to plan ahead. ???If you do have a family business, you would do well to see how you can run it or see how you can diversify it, but keep it in your family. We work hard to establish these businesses,??? she urged.
While relating the many major life events of the late entrepreneur, the Parliamentary Secretary lamented the lack of effort made to commemorate his many great achievements.
???When he died he was not accorded an official funeral???he doesn???t stand in the pantheon of our National Heroes; he wasn???t even recognised as a national treasure, and that is sad and unfortunate.???
Mrs. Sandiford-Garner further commented on the lack of memorials to James A. Tudor by stating that ???at least one other tangible memorial??? should be erected in honour of the influential Barbadian.
Mr. Tudor is credited with great acts of philanthropy and purchasing the first headquarters of the Democratic Labour Party, among other things. Currently, there are two major memorials erected in the name on the notable Barbadian: the James A. Tudor roundabout and the James Tudor Institute of Politics.