Friday, December 15, 2017

Kamla: We plan to develop length and breadth of T&T


SHOW OF SUPPORT: Members of the crowd cheer on Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar during the party’s Monday night forum at Diego Martin North Secondary School, St Lucien Road, Diego Martin. —Photo: STEPHEN DOOBAY

Mark Fraser

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar said Monday night her Government was committed to representing all the people of this country and will be working towards opening doors to a spanking new Diego Martin Technology Centre and a Carenage Health facility.

Speaking at the Diego Martin North Secondary School, which falls in the constituency of Opposition MP Colm Imbert, Persad-Bissessar urged people to not be fooled by false statements from the Opposition that her Government was only focused on developing South and Central Trinidad.

The People’s Partnership Government, she said, in its four years in office has been developing the length and breath of Trinidad and Tobago in all areas without any discrimination.

She announced that on or before April 30, the Diego Martin Technology Centre will be opened and this facility will allow some 450 people to be trained at a time in various skills.

The Prime Minister said that wherever she goes in the country people complain to her that they need jobs and her Government was working to train persons so they can achieve sustainable and meaningful employment.

She added that workforce assessment centres have been established all over the country which allows people to receive certification for which ever skill set they possess.

Persad-Bissessar also announced that Cabinet has agreed to the construction of the long overdue Carenage Health Facility.

She noted that there has been no development and provision on basic health care for the people in these Opposition run areas even when the People’s National Movement (PNM) was in government for 30 years.

Persad-Bissessar reiterated that the people must not be fooled by lies, propaganda and innuendoes from the Opposition.

She added that whenever the PNM was in Opposition, it makes attempts to destabilise the country.

She stressed that her Government was focused on developing the entire nation as she stressed that it was under the team that ensured the completion of the Diego Martin highway and the Scarborough hospital.

The Prime Minister added that it was her Government that saw the construction of the new Chancery Lane hospital in San Fernando.

She pointed out further that the People’s Partnership was responsible for finally developing the beautiful landscape of Chaguaramas.

She said in the East, the Valencia Bypass Road was under construction as well as a Costatt campus in Sangre Grande among a host of other projects.

Persad-Bissessar said the Point Fortin highway will be completed and will benefit all, including the people of Point Fortin and La Brea who are represented by PNM MPs.

She said the project was developing at pace as work has started from the Point Fortin end coming back up.

The Prime Minister who is also the Minister of the People and Social Development said that the country must remember the days of the PNM.

She said before her Government came into office, the economy was in trouble, there were mega projects and multi-million dollar cost overruns, high inflation and oil production was on the decline.

Her Government, she said, was building the country and the economy, so much so that there has been over $2.1 billion in foreign direct investments.

She said contrary to the claims by Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley that her Government was on the verge of collapse, investors have confidence in the stability of both her Government and the country.

She said further that the health sector has improved during the past four years and the promised health card will soon be ready for roll out.

The Prime Minister said further by year’s end it was estimated that 72 per cent of the population will be receiving a full supply of water.

She added that soon she will begin a national conversation with the people where “you will do the talking and I will do the listening”.