When I was young child, I would always recall my late grandmother talking about a “grah”. This is a word with Indian origins, and is usually used when people are experiencing periods of hard times. “Like you going through a grah” was often heard whenever any of her neighbours was going through some unfortunate circumstances.
I had cause to reflect on her when I listened to the Honourable Minister of Energy and Energy Affairs during his presentation in the Senate on Tuesday 4th June. What he reported was starling. The Petrotrin Headquarters, originally scheduled to cost $75 million, already had $175 million expended on its construction. It will cost $440 million if it is to be completed. Also at Petrotrin, the cost of the Gas Optimisation Project swelled from US$350 million to US$1.435 billion. Add this to other areas of cost overruns and elements of PNM corruption, the Tarouba Stadium, the Rev. Pena church, UDECOTT under Calder Hart. Let us not forget Johhny O’Halloran and Francis Prevatt of the past. These thing made me wonder, was this country under a “grah” during the PNM rule? What did we do, as citizens, to deserve such treatment, to have our hard-earned taxpayers money frittered away with such nonchalance?
It is for this reason I appreciate the efforts of the Honourable Attorney General in going after these injustices, in trying to correct the wrongs of the past. We as a country need to be rid of this blight. Continue the hard work Mr. AG.