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Rowley: Highway will end in Penal

By Innis Francis innis.francis@trinidadexpress.com

People’s National Movement (PNM) leader Dr Keith Rowley is predicting that the People’s Partnership Government will fall short on its plans to complete the extension of the Solomon Hochoy Highway to Point Fortin before its term ends in 2015.
Rowley said when the PNM demitted office in 2010 there was a mandate to construct the Point Fortin Area Hospital. However, the Kamla Persad-Bissessar-led People’s Partnership Government went ahead with construction of the highway instead of the hospital.
Rowley was speaking at a meeting of the PNM’s Pointe-a-Pierre constituency at the Friendly Society Hall, Prevatt Street, Marabella on Wednesday night.
He said the Golconda to Point Fortin highway was a scandal.
Rowley said, given the resistance by residents along the route of the highway, he expects the project will be abandoned at Penal.
“Mission accomplished...the Prime Minister is from Penal. As far as she concerned she had come into office to develop Penal and that is why in a little island like this we are going to have two law schools. One in St Augustine and one in Penal.
“People of Point Fortin should be remarkably aggrieved because in Trinidad and Tobago the Point Fortin community is furthest away from the major health facilities in this country. In the scheme of development of the country of orderly development, the Point Fortin hospital was the next hospital to be built in Trinidad and Tobago—approved by the Cabinet of the country,” he said.
“In fact, two tenders went out, at least two Cabinet ministers of two different governments indicated start-up date for that hospital. It is not happening, though. It is not happening and while that is not happening, the Prime Minister is going full speed ahead with (a hospital) in Freeport.”
Rowley said Trinidad and Tobago was already out of hand and needed someone to turn things around.
He said PNM members should choose wisely among those who have offered themselves as candidates for the position of political leader.
“Trinidad and Tobago is not a ship of fools, it is a ship full of citizens who want a proper captain on board,” he added.
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