pm’s passion: Local Government Minister Marlene Coudray delivers the feature address at the Penal/Debe Regional Corporation annual awards ceremony.

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Centre for women needed in Penal, says Coudray

By Sue-Ann Wayow sue-ann.wayow@trinidadexpress.com

LOCAL GOVERNMENT Minister Marlene Coudray says a centre for women is needed in the Penal/Debe region.
Coudray said she will be speaking with Minister of Gender,Youth and Child Development Clifton De Coteau concerning that project.
Coudray, who formerly held the gender portfolio, made the statement while delivering the feature address recently at the Penal/Debe Regional Corporation annual awards ceremony in celebration of International Women’s Day.
The ceremony, to honour pupils excelling at the primary and secondary school levels and outstanding members of the community, was held at Rampersad Brothers Ranch, San Francique Road, Penal.
Coudray said: “I had come to this region and identified a site where the ministry can build a centre for women and girls. It’s is our Prime Minister’s passion. I want to challenge the Corporation and the NGO’s (non governmental organisations) of this region to take this project up. We need to have something for the lasting legacy of the Prime Minister in terms of her work and her dedication to not only the people of Trinidad and Tobago but particularly to the women and children.”
Coudray said:”I will give you all the details and speak with Minister De Coteau so that this project can be advanced within the next 12 months or so. We really need to have a home in this region.”
She said persons may complain about the infrastructure developments in the Penal/Debe region but “who vex loss.”
She said: “What we are playing in the region is catch up.”
Coudray also a former Mayor of San Fernando said she did not know when the San Fernando City Corporation honoured pupils from schools in the city, that many of them came from the Penal/Debe region.
She encouraged the pupils to continue doing their best and to always strive for excellence.
However, she criticised the Corporation for not honouring Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar who is also from that region.
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