UNC Deputy Political Leader: Hinds felt the brunt of the consequences of the Rowley PNM’s neglect and contempt for the people of T&T
The frustrated youths who have suffered from a lack of opportunities, poor infrastructure and joblessness, yesterday expressed their hopelessness with the circumstances in which they have found themselves, by splashing water on Fitzgerald Hinds. With each drizzle of rain, their homes are flooded out, largely because of the inadequate draining system which has become the abode of snakes, alligators and mosquitoes.
It is not surprising that the deceitful, lying, incompetent Rowley/Hinds government are trying to spin the humiliating chasing of Hinds by claiming that the UNC are the sponsors of his well-deserved shaming. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Beetham youths, as all the young people of Trinidad and Tobago understand that the focus of Prime Minister Rowley and MP Hinds is not on the poor and vulnerable, and under the brutality of the Rowley PNM policies, their future will be no better than their painful past.
The frustrated youths referred to by Hinds as “imps” and “clowns” chose to vent their frustration by splashing him with water. The youths of Beetham have decided that they will not continue to be a dependable vote bank for the PNM. They will no longer be willing participants in the bleak existence the Rowley PNM has prescribed for them, but will instead fight for a better future in the land of their birth.
These youths are all too aware that during the Kamla Persad-Bissessar led People’s Partnership that Beetham and other neighbouring communities were not neglected. Small contractors from Beetham were contracted by the Housing Development Corporation to undertake remedial works in Phases 4 and 5, where over sixty (60) houses were retrofitted with firewalls, ceiling, and painting. Two new apartment buildings were constructed in Hellyard Beetham, basketball courts were refurbished.
In the fenceline communities of St Joseph Road Laventille, buildings 1-7 were re-painted, windows replaced, new plumbing was installed, roofs were repaired, sew stacks replaced and new landscaping; staircase of building 7 was replaced.
Mango Rose Laventille was re-painted, windows replaced, new plumbing installed, roofs were repaired, sew stacks replaced and new landscaping done. In the St Paul Street Apartments: 64 apartments: New drains were constructed, perimeter walls were built, plumbing was upgraded, staircases refurbished and new handrails installed, new walls, floors and fire escapes constructed, re-painting of apartments done.
The Spree Simon Flats: 16 Apts: New drains were constructed, perimeter walls were built, plumbing was upgraded, staircases refurbished, and new handrails installed, new walls, floors and fire escapes constructed, re-painting of apartments.
Extensive works were also undertaken in Plaisance Laventille, Mango Rose Laventille, Clifton Street Laventille, Harpe Place, Bath Street, Methuen Street. In fact, every HDC Community in Laventille, Morvant, POS East and West, Barataria, Maloney were beneficiaries of remedial works and renovations, all of which were carried out by small contractors’ resident within the Communities.
This intensive management of the various HDC Communities along the East West Corridor ensured that persons resident within these communities were consistently employed, and the sense of security, order, discipline and safety was all pervasive.
The PNM is well aware of the work that was done under the People’s Partnership to improve the lives of the people of these communities. MP Hinds and the PNM are now desperately trying to point fingers and blame at other parties, when they need only look in the mirror to see who must answer to the people of Beetham Gardens.
I call on Hinds and his political leader to stop deflecting from their incompetence and inability to get anything done in this country and get down to fixing the problems that are affecting people.
If you cannot do the job, the time is long overdue for you to step aside and give the people the change to elect a leader and a team that are capable of making things right.