COMMUNICATIONS Minister Jamal Mohammed has condemned Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley for saying the Government has failed to properly assist the Diego Martin/Maraval residents affected by last month's heavy rains.
In a statement issued to the media yesterday, Mohammed said the Government, "unlike any other in the history of this country, has moved swiftly to bring relief and provide food, shelter, comfort and whatever works was needed right away".
Last week Friday, Rowley held an impromptu meeting with affected residents at the Parish Hall in Diego Martin where he received both condemnation and commendation for his efforts to assist the flood victims.
Several residents, however, were still unhappy with the level of assistance and beseeched him to help.
Rowley had responded that he would love to, but his resources were limited.
As such, the Communications Minister wrote that it was because "situations like these that the Government is determined to place a $10 million constituency fund with each MP".
Furthermore, Mohammed stated that contrary to statements made by Rowley that the Government was 'using public relations to make you think everything is all right', it had pumped more than $40 million into repairs and clean-up.
According to the statement, during the period August 11-28, 2012, the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure conducted emergency works in flood-hit areas valued at $32 million while the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources conducted works valued at $5.1 million.