Thursday, December 14, 2017

Glenn says sorry to La Brea residents

Oil spills in South


FRUSTRATED: Fishermen display dead fish in the Otaheite Mangrove yesterday which were affected by recent oil spills on the south-western peninsula. —Photo: DEXTER PHILIP

Mark Fraser

MINISTER of the People and Social Development Glenn Ramadharsingh yesterday apologised to residents of La Brea for the challenges brought by the bunker fuel and crude oil spills which have ruined the beaches in the community.

Ramadharsingh addressed residents at his Ministry’s Direct Impact Community Outreach initiative, which was held at the Lake Asphalt Club, Point D’Or Junction.

Some La Brea residents living at Coffee Beach and Point Sable have blocked access to the beaches, demanding jobs in the clean-up crew, permanent relocation and medical care. The road leading to Coffee Beach remained blockaded yesterday.

At the function, residents were given the opportunities to apply for services such as the food card, social welfare and National Social Development Programme. 

They were also offered the services of medical doctor Dr Rai Ragbir and the Ministry of Health’s mobile clinic. 

In his address, Ramadharsingh said: “We are sorry that you had to face these challenges in the past two weeks. However we hope that today, we can take some of the problems off of your shoulders and in some cases, bring new services to you, that perhaps you never got the opportunity to learn about and apply for.” 

Ramadharsingh acknowledged that the everyday lives of La Brea residents had been affected by the oil spill. 

“We are faced with the fact that your way of life and ability to earn a living has been affected by the events of the past two weeks. In time, the experts will clarify the reasons for this event occurring”, he said.

Ramadharsingh said the aim of yesterday’s exercise was “to give you the financial and other tools from our Ministry, in order to provide you with the strength to resume your daily lives and to meet the ordinary challenges of daily living”.