Government is not constructing buildings outside of Port of Spain for “douen and lagahoo” to visit, but to ensure that there is development that can service people throughout the country, says Transport Minister Stephen Cadiz.
He was speaking during the debate of the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2014 at the Senate sitting at Tower D International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain on Wednesday.
Cadiz took issue with Opposition Senator Faris Al Rawi’s criticism over the construction of the new Motor Vehicles Authority (MVA) in Frederick Settlement, Caroni.
“When we look at development so-called south of the Caroni river....it’s not as though we are putting things in the bush for lagahoo and douen to visit, that is not the purpose of that,” said Cadiz.
He noted that Chaguanas is the largest borough in this country, with settlement of more than 110,000 people, larger than San Fernando, Point Fortin and even Port of Spain.
The minister said the location of the MVA in Caroni will be accessible for persons living in Central, as well as the east.
He said further that new MVA legislation will be ready by September.
Cadiz said that consideration will be given to putting new laws in place, such as taking a zero tolerance approach to drunk drivers and the possibility of restricting persons who newly obtain their driving licence from being on the road between the hours of midnight to 5 a.m.
He added that although there was a three-month delay in terms of delivery because of piling issues, the new MVA will be delivered within budget.
Cadiz also took issue with Al Rawi’s concerns over Super Industrial Services (SIS), which has been the beneficiary of millions in Government contracts.
He asked Al Rawi to produce proof that SIS was bankrupt in 2010.
Cadiz said SIS was established in 1979 and employs more than 1600 nationals and has grown to the point where it is now able to sub-contract foreign companies such as Foster Wheeler.
He accused the Opposition of not liking to see local companies progress.