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'Suruj trying to cover UNC failings in Diego'

Local Government Minister Suruj Rambachan must stop his unwarranted attacks on local government corporations, said Nafeesa Mohammed, chairman of the San Juan-Laventille Regional Corporation.

In a news release yesterday, Mohammed noted that last Thursday a news report stated that Rambachan visited Diego Martin to view the state of garbage collection in that region.

"However, the Minister sought to draw the (PNM-controlled) San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation into the picture in an attempt to cover the failing of the UNC-led (People's Partnership) coalition," stated Mohammed.

She accused Rambachan of trying to score cheap political points by picking unnecessary fights with her and the entire corporation.

Mohammed noted that although the budgetary allocation was significantly reduced in the 2012-2013 fiscal year, the corporation is very focused and has been proactive in allocating additional funding to implement a major clean-up campaign coinciding with the Christmas season.

This campaign, she stated, started on December 6 and will continue until the end of the first week in January 2013, covering the entire region.

"More than 900 truckloads of waste have been removed throughout the region, in addition to the regular scavenging programme."

Mohammed added that similar proactive measures were implemented last year around the Christmas season, as well as prior to the festivals of Eid-ul-Fitr and Divali.

She called on Minister Rambachan to be more collaborative instead of confrontational.

"As line Minister, he has a national responsibility to be facilitative and should avoid seeking to interfere and micro manage the day-to-day operations of the various corporations," she said.

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