Member of Parliament for Naparima Rodney Charles has commented on an article in today’s press where Minister Hinds sought to disingenuously take sole credit for works done at the St Croix landslip.
Charles said “While he may wish to praise himself for the works done to make the lives to Naparima residents easier, I find myself having to correct some of the statements he made. Firstly, while he expressed joy over doing work in a non- PNM constituency, despite the fact that that is his job, he should have been forthright and state that this project was started under the Kamla Persad-Bissessar administration.”
The MP for Naparima noted that the project was stopped on two occasions, and it was only after a visit from the Political Leader of the UNC Mrs Persad-Bissessar, who highlighted the situation in the press, and questions were posed in Parliament on two occasions, that the Minister succumbed to pressure and eventually delivered on his mandate.
“As a matter of fact,” Mr Charles stated, “the Minister seemed to be unaware of the boundaries, because he kept referring to works done in Princes Town, when it is in fact Naparima.”
Mr Charles took the opportunity to once again highlight the plight of his constituent Mr Kimchand Singh, whose house was badly damaged by the landslip and subsequent roadworks.
“Mr Singh, his wife Nadia and their four small children have lost their home because of this situation, and I call on the Minister to do the honourable thing and help this family.”
The MP noted further that two homes were fixed on either side of Mr Singh’s property while this family was left to suffer. He called for the family to be treated fairly and with dignity by the Government.