While there is no doubt our government is working to solve the issue of unemployment among Bahrainis and replace expatriates with nationals, I feel we fall woefully short in our endeavours and lack making bold decisions necessary for a radical overhaul.
We should take a leaf out of Saudi Arabia’s book which has recently started implementing a decision to limit work in closed commercial complexes to its citizens.
This comes in line with nationalisation decisions and a plan to increase opportunities for Saudis to be part of the labour market. I am sure the Saudi government has similar ambitious plans at other places.
This is a very bold decision and an ambitious plan of Saudisation. I hope the Labour and Social Affairs Ministry in Bahrain will take a similar decision since the interest of the citizen is above all else.
Bahrain has, of course, proven that it’s capable of taking responsibility in any position.
Everyone knows circumstances have changed and life has become difficult over time and jobs are lacking even for those with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.
It is unreasonable for us to invest in our children’s future and for their university studies at home or abroad when, in the end, they are unable to find jobs.
Therefore, if we continue to put in place ill-thought-of solutions for the employment of citizens, we will inevitably face negative and dangerous results and will be disappointed in the long run.
It is shameful to see that our children are qualified from prestigious universities and are not finding jobs. The coronavirus pandemic is not an excuse and we are all tired of hearing the same rants over and over again.
We talk about citizenship, but we don’t even know what citizenship means. We are good only at making wild statements using flowery language but never does anything translate into action.
Our government is doing a lot to provide a decent living for its people but if employers – companies, institutions, banks and others – do not, then we will not achieve anything.
On the other hand, we will be committing a crime against our country that has provided us everything.