Friday 27 November, 2020

Kamla knocks POS revitalisation project, calls PM ‘classic elitist’

Political Leader of the United National Congress, Kamla Persad Bissessar.

Political Leader of the United National Congress, Kamla Persad Bissessar.

Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad Bissessar believes that Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is too focused on building certain parts of Trinidad and Tobago.  

She called him a ‘classic elitist’ during her Monday Night Virtual Report where she responded to the government’s plan to revitalise Port of Spain. 

“My friends, any government who is in favour of equality of opportunity will be in favour of decentralization of Government services. We have nothing against building the capital city, but we have to build the nation. This man is like a classic elitist – let the rich get richer and force everyone from Cedros to Charlotteville to come to Port of Spain for everything,” she said. 

In his speech yesterday, the Prime Minister addressed the idea of decentralisation. He noted that decentralisation should not come at the expense of the capabilities of the capital city. 

“Unlike others who believe that some kind of “decentralisation” policy which stimulates the sustained decay of the capital city is enlightened development, this Government believes that the capital city of our nation is a major economic engine which, if oiled and maintained will create increased opportunity and benefit for a wide cross-section of the national population,” the PM said. 

Nevertheless, Persad Bissessar said the move is one in the wrong direction. 

“The most backwards and prehistoric Prime Minister to ever hold office. But that is their trend, look at how they never wanted our children to have equal opportunity to online learning so that is not new. They wished everyone was left in the dark while they alone enjoy the luxuries of modern technology,” she added. 

Yesterday government officials and stakeholders held a Spotlight on Urban Development for the city of Port of Spain. Plans for it include more residential and commercial housing, the re-purposing of some landmarks and giving City Gate a facelift. 

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