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Monday, December 09, 2013
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Farm Road meeting bears no fruit
The UNC arm of People’s Partnership government decided to host a meeting in the constituency of St Joseph recently which resulted in a heavy verbal display of dissatisfaction and disregard for promises. The residents of Farm Road St Joseph were promised so many things on the campaign trail of 2010 that have not been delivered to date.
The primary promise that these residents held onto was the promise that the lands they occupied would be regularised starting with certificates of comfort or alternative housing. The UNC was armed with a slate of representatives including our MP Herbert Volney, the Housing Minister, the former Chairman of the Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation and other panelist from the UNC. They got what could be described not as a warm welcome but a heated meeting.
The residents remarked that the visit was only as a result of a loss in the recent by-election of Chaguanas West.
Farm Road was not prepared to listen to any promises and openly shouted in disapproval when MP Herbert Volney began to speak, causing him to give up and hand over the microphone very early in his presentation. This is a community that gave a lot of support to the UNC and contributed to their win at the polls for St Joseph but based on their open expressions of disapproval for the personalities present at the meeting, the next election may not see the support of Farm Road, St Joseph.
The Housing Minister remarked that they should see some results within one month from the date of their meeting. We will wait and see if this bears any fruit or if it is a case of too little, too late with local government elections around the corner. While residents will accept letters of comfort and moves towards regularisation they will openly reject having to move from their homes under a Land for the Landless programme as they believe that the land they built their houses on should belong to them.
They have indicated that they are not leaving their houses and accepting a piece of land because it means starting all over again and they anticipate being moved to some remote location. The residents of Bamboo settlement expressed the same concerns as they were promised the same thing on the campaign trail, regularisation. Getting a piece of land when being asked to move from your home begs the obvious question of where is the money coming from to build another house.
Politicians continue to send mixed signals as the last PNM regime has built an Early Childhood Centre in the Farm Road community and has also built a primary school in Bamboo settlement. Whether this is some game of political football or not will come to revelation when a final decision is made with respect to the lands that these residents occupy. The People’s Partnership government continues to lose ground from Tobago to Chaguanas West and now has to refocus its efforts on trying to deliver what they promised.
The lesson here is remember the promises you make and endeavor to keep them, especially if made requesting a favour at the time. The most vulnerable in our society hold on to promises as a means of hope in situations they may not be able to remedy by themselves and therefore always promise what you intend to deliver.
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