Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 8 July 2020

Oman charts a new course with a younger committee

Our readers have their say on how Oman is boosting its economy, violence in Nigeria, coronavirus and diabetes, and the price of disrespecting national monuments

Oman's Sultan Haitham bin Tariq. AP
Oman's Sultan Haitham bin Tariq. AP

With regard to Coronavirus: Oman's sultan forms committee to boost economy (June 14): this is a wise decision by Sultan Haitham. Civil servants with 30 years of service should retire. In other words, let the youth take the lead to boost the economy.

Ndayisaba Cedric, Bujumbura, Burundi

I am an older person and realise at some stage we have to loosen the reins and let young people take over. However they would be wise to soak up the advice from older people too. If you give advice it is because you care. I love your country and your people, I lived there for some years and loved it. I learnt some wonderful lessons. I wish Oman all the best for the future.

Gillian Prestwood, Leeds, UK

Herder communities in Nigeria need government protection

Regarding Jamie Prentis's report Nigeria failing to protect Christian farmers from violence, British MPs say (June 15): these conflicts in my home country are so sad. The investigation has revealed the Fulani militia have murdered more men, women and children in three consecutive years than even Boko Haram. It should not go on like this.

Nedu Vitus Nedu, Dubai

UAE is making great progress, given the number of recoveries

With reference to Shuchita Gautam's report Coronavirus: about 40% of UAE deaths linked to diabetes (June 15): it is unfortunate that the rate of diabetes in countries in this part of the world is very high. Fast food has destroyed our planet in so many different ways.

Suzanne Arruda, Dubai

Despite the underlying health causes, given that the Emirates recorded 342 new cases and again almost twice as many 667 recoveries, I would say the UAE government is doing good work.

Daniyal Bilal, Lahore, Pakistan

At least the numbers are consistently going down. That is superb.

Feda Jarad, Dubai

The UAE government is taking the best steps. God bless them.

Rukhsana Waseem, Dubai

Disrespect to memorials needs to be dealt with strictly

With regard to Jamie Prentis's report Man jailed for urinating beside memorial for British policeman killed in terror attack (June 15): I can't imagine this man has a job but if he does I hope his boss will take appropriate action and boot him out.

Brian Cade, London, UK

Two weeks in jail – that's outrageous. No wonder we are in this mess with such punishments.

Chriska Marleen Pirie-Osborne, Bishops Stortford, UK

Updated: June 16, 2020 05:18 PM

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