February 11, 2010 – guardian.co.tt
Having had the absolute and unwavering support of the people of Laventille for the 54 years of its existence as a political party, it is highly contemptuous of the PNM’s political leader, Prime Minister Patrick Manning, to go into that part of the country, which is riddled with crime and sunk in underdevelopment, to name in an ad hoc manner a committee of ministers and parliamentary representatives to discern the problems of the area. Where have Mr Manning and the PNM Government been all this time?Specifically, as it relates to the stewardship of Mr Manning’s administration, between 2002 and 2007, Prime Minister Manning and his Government announced a plan for the rehabilitation of east Port-of-Spain, inclusive of the “behind the bridge” areas, Laventille and Sea Lots. Where has that plan got to beyond talk and the establishment of a company, presumably to effect the job?
Over the same period of further deterioration of Laventille, the Government embarked on a massive programme of con- struction or refurbishment of administrative buildings, a palatial prime ministerial residence and diplomatic centre, hotels, a non-functional financial centre and ela-borate cultural complexes in Port-of-Spain and San Fernando of dubious usefulness. These buildings were constructed at the cost of billions of dollars and the Government has spent hundreds of millions to host two international conferences while this faithful PNM constituency regresses. It is not only that the physical infrastructure of Laventille continues to deteriorate but, most importantly, the human condition worsens.
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