Friday, December 15, 2017

PM faces more PNM protest

For a second consecutive day in Tobago, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar was greeted with protesters from the People's National Movement (PNM).

At the opening of the $9 million Roxborough Gas Station, Valentine McKenzie told the Express he was upset area representative for Roxborough/ Delaford, Hilton Sandy, was not properly invited to the opening.

"He is the brainchild and he has not been invited in a proper way, neither the Chief Secretary he was invited by text message," McKenzie said.

When contacted, the text message invitation was confirmed by THA Chief Secretary Orville London, who received the text yesterday. The $9 million facility started late June of last year and was completed in six-and-a-half months.

Chairman of NP, Neil Gosine, said the company is looking at the northern coast of Tobago and Hope Estate for additional service stations to be constructed.

"This service station is well placed, and it will help the community. It will also help the driving public," Gosine said.

The facility opens officially today.

Energy Minister Kevin Ramnarine said the occasion was a historic one as NP has plans to expand its Tobago operations through the construction of a new administrative building at its current site.

"So it would also be a boost for the tourism sector and a fillip for development in the Roxborough area. No longer will residents and visitors travelling from the Crown Point area have to plan their day trip around the opening and closing of a gas station more than 20 miles away," Ramnarine said. See Page 4

—Elizabeth Williams