The Sunday Express
continues its MP Monitor series today with a look at the performance of Anil Roberts in his D'Abadie/O'Meara constituency.
Residents of D'Abadie/ O'Meara had mixed reviews of their Member of Parliament Anil Roberts last week.
Roberts, who wrested the seat from former finance minister Karen Nunez-Tesheira in May 2010, was a former TV and radio sports/talk show host.
But two years on from his election to the post of MP,
Ursula Prince, a self-employed mother who lives at Olton Road, says she believed the MP had forgotten the people who put him in office.
"He don't do nothing for people," she told the Sunday Express last week.
Prince said unemployment among the youth in the constituency was a concern and it was fuelling a wave of crimes in the area.
She said the most frequent crimes were armed robbery in broad daylight and home break-ings.
At La Chance Trace just off O'Meara Main Road, businessman Ramnarine "Foot" Chadee held an opposing view.
"While we doh' see him that often, I can't really complain because things are getting done," he said, referring to drainage, pavement and roadworks as well as the dredging of the Mausica River.
He said Roberts, with help from Government agencies, was able to execute those projects successfully.
Contractor Clevon Persad of Sibero Street agreed that Roberts and his People's Partnership Government were working hard to get things done in a constituency that he said was neglected for years.
On the issue of crime, Persad said he had no problem with the police becoming more aggressive in searches, roadblocks and the pursuit of criminals.
Another man, a resident of Red Hill who wished to remain anonymous, said he had no problem with Roberts and commended him on his job as Sport Minister.
"He is doing a great job as far as his ministerial portfolio is concerned."
Entertainer Allan "Cyclops" Emmanuel, who lives at Malabar Branch Road and who said he was "friends" with Roberts, said his major issue was the slow response of the Arima Police Station officers to incidents of crime in the constituency.
"You call and you get put on hold," he said.
He said there was the need for more police presence and speed controls near the roads at the Arima New Government Primary School.
Elvis Couteaux of Mahogany Drive said he was disappointed in the MP, saying he expected more, although he did not give any details when asked to specify.
"I want to know from these MPs if when they get into office, do they think they must go beyond the people," he asked, adding that he supported Roberts during his 2010 campaign.
"It happens to all politicians, they get your votes, get into office and that's the cycle."
At P&R Pet Supplies on Eastern Main Road, D'Abadie, owner Charlie Nowbut said that although most politicians are most visible around election time, MPs also have ministerial responsibilities and it is sometimes difficult to balance both.
Former world title boxer Claude Noel, who lives at Nutones Boulevard in Malabar, said Roberts was doing a tremendous job as a Sport Minister and MP.
"Anil (Roberts) is the best MP that ever passed through here. He is for the people and goes around the constituency and listens to the people and is doing a lot of work to develop the area that was not done before," said Noel, a boxing co-ordinator with the Ministry of Sport.
"How he is performing is how all MPs ought to perform and that's why I support him," he added.