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Wednesday 22 June 2011 – Speaking on the occasion of the Ten Thousand Man March held recently in the Castries City Centre, the area's Parliamentary Representative, Honourable Richard Frederick, shared his observations and recommendations on paternal responsibility.


Activities like the one held on Father's Day, Frederick says, are geared towards understanding and accepting paternal responsibilities, and invariably result in the quell of anti-social behaviour.


“Our young men who live in homes devoid of a father figure, seek refuge or solace in what they consider their comfort zone. Their comfort zone immediately transform them into young men who live a life destined for total destruction. Peer pressure and other negative influences can quickly serve as a catalyst for our young men to become members of groups that are formed not exactly for religious purposes.”


Reinforcing paternal relationships, MP Frederick says, will go a long way towards returning our country to a place where peace, love and unity prevail.


Fathers through their interventions, the MP says, can stop the population of the Bordelais Correctional Facility from growing as astronomically as it is currently.


“I mention Bordelais because a study was conducted there where 50% of the population was interviewed. Of the 50% interviewed, 98% of the inmates revealed that they have never had the opportunity or benefit of shaping their lives on the basis of a father's influence.”


MP Frederick emphasized the direct link between the lack of a father's counsel and criminality.


He says, it is on the basis of that recognition that participation in the Ten Thousand Man March should be applauded.

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