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Kamla: Chaguanas West neglected under Warner

Saturday, July 13, 2013
Chaguanas West By-Election

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar says Chaguanas West is still “neglected” after the years of representation by Jack Warner. Persad-Bissessar made the comment on Thursday while speaking during a cottage meeting at John Peter Road, Charlieville, Chaguanas, in support of Khadijah Ameen, the United National Congress candidate for the July 29 by-election.


In her 30-minute speech, the PM said she wanted to know where the money allocated for infrastructure development in the constituency under Warner, former UNC chairman and national security minister, had gone. She said at the next Monday Night Forum in Chaguanas West, she would disclose the amount of money that was allocated to ensure that drains, roads and other infrastructure in the community were improved.


Several residents had formally complained about clogged drains and other inadequate infrastructure to the PM during a walkabout earlier. Persad-Bissessar said an audit of the Ministry of Works was being done to determine the amount of money allocated for infrastructure development. She said the details would be revealed on Monday. She said after her walkabouts in the country, she was appalled by the lack of proper infrastructure in Chaguanas West.


She said the people of Chaguanas must ask Warner “where the money gone?” She said she was not seeing evidence of infrastructure development in the area. “I cannot see where the money has gone,” the PM added. “For the amount of money allocated to this constituency I am not seeing the work.” 


Earlier, COP member and Minister of the Environment and Water Resources Ganga Singh said the election was not about box drains but the future of T&T. Before the meeting, Persad-Bissessar had led two-hour walk in the area, giving gifts to residents. She was hugged by children and the elderly, including  disabled people.


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