This is just another case of of the Government paying lip service to the 'National Instrument'.
So big deal, they plan to increase the size of the National Steel Orchestra to 60 players.
What about the other 200+ Steel Orchestras and their 10,000+ players, what is there for them in the $34B budget ?
Mr.Manning wants to Brand everything T&T with the Steelpan including the new Waterfront Project Buildings and all the others they're going to construct. But the building to house the headquarters of the Steelband Movement remains incomplete for the past three years due to a lack of funding.
The Ministries of Education and Culture are delinquent in their payments to a number of Steelbands for goods & services already provided including payments for Carnival/Panorama 2005.
I did not hear the Prime Minister say anything about these matters, did you ?
Lip service THATS ALL !
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