Jack visits twice in one day
...sees residents from 5.30 a.m.
One visit to Laventille was not enough for interim political leader of the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) Jack Warner yesterday.
Warner and his green machine team visited the area twice on Independence Day with the first meeting beginning as early as 5.30 a.m. at the John John Basketball Court.
This was the ILP’s second foray into the troubled area in a week.
Last Saturday the ILP staged a walkabout at Beverly Hills, Canada, Picton, John John, Pump Trace, St Barbs and surrounding areas.
The ILP team included deputy political leaders Lyndira Oudit and Anna Deonarine-Rampersad and members of the Interim Executive Committee.
They arrived at the John John Basketball Court at 5.30 a.m. to hear the residents’ concerns.
The residents were offered breakfast while they waited their turn to be heard.
The ILP provided whole wheat sada roti with vegetables, including tomatoes, pumpkin and bodi. Juice and water were also served.
A statement from the ILP yesterday said that over 250 residents turned out, some representing their entire family.
They registered as members of the ILP, it added.
The residents also told the ILP team of the needs of the community and of their personal requirements.
A major problem was said to be the dilapidated conditions of Housing Development Corporation homes in John John and other areas.
The residents requested assistance to obtain jobs and to access support for education for their children, and even offered their views on the causes of crime in the area and strategies to address the current social crisis.
The ILP officials promised to pursue follow-up action to address the issues highlighted and to work towards strengthening ties with the communities of Laventille, the statement said.
Shortly before noon Warner and his team returned to Pump Trace to take part in a sports and family day at the Pump Trace Reservoir.
Warner told the people that when he looked at the transformation in the area, at this location, and saw the camaraderie of the youths present, he wished more people could have witnessed what had transpired on the “hill” yesterday.
He said it would go a long way toward changing the way people saw Laventille and would help them to understand that “good things” could come out of the area.