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Warner plans goodies for east PoS but says: Stop backing tribal politics
Food, land, government contracts, jobs in the protective services and houses by hook or by crook were some of the promises Independent Liberal Party (ILP) leader Jack Warner made to the people of east Port-of-Spain as his green brigade moved into the PNM stronghold with a package of goodies on Tuesday night.
While supporters moved among the large crowd assembled on Piccadilly Greens with membership forms, Warner urged them to support the ILP without the tribal politics of race or religion. He said: “Tonight you have a choice to make. It is a choice that will determine the destiny for our children. “Your considered opinion must not be distracted by political persuasion, race, religion or ethnicity. You have to decide to choose to align yourself with an organisation that will stand in defence of your children. Tonight I give to you the ILP.”
He asked them to follow the people in the former United National Congress (UNC) stronghold of Chaguanas West who booted out the UNC in the by-election on July 29. “When the time comes, do for yourselves what the people of Chaguanas West did and get rid of the yoke of tribal politics,” he said. Warner said that was the message constituents of Chaguanas West took to Laventille in a walkabout last Saturday.
Listing some of the goodies the ILP had in store for Laventille, Warner said a food bank was coming from which food would be distributed daily. He said: “We will be proposing the establishment of a food bank for single mothers and families in need. We will be soliciting foodstuffs, such as rice, oil, sugar, flour, peas, etcetera, from corporate sponsors.
“The ILP will not remain silent while Laventillians live in squalor and over 2,000 unoccupied Housing Development (HDC) homes are strewn about across T&T. “I understand the lack of desire to distribute HDC homes to the people of Laventille because the Housing Minister sees us all as convicts and criminals of which he is the landlord.
“The ILP will agitate to get rid of the cabal and, by extension, advocate for houses for you who are being marginalised.” A land programme would be introduced by the ILP for the landless in Laventille, similar to the programme introduced for squatters in Penal and Debe, Warner said. “There will be jobs for Laventillians in the protective services. We will introduce a system in Laventille where people can become members of the protective services, the army, the Coast Guard, the Air Guard, the prisons and fire departments.”
Warner said when he walked in Laventille last Saturday, people told him they did not want Cepep, URP and other state handouts. He said: “They want real contracts, like those given to Super Industrial Services and Danny’s Enterprises. “In Chaguanas West, contracts were given (by the Government) to people during the last by-election. “Roads were paved, box drains were constructed, slipper and surface drain contracts were distributed, all given vulgarly overnight to the people of Chaguanas West.
“Would it be rude of us if we were to ask this Government, as we seek to fix crime in Laventille, to make an exception and engage Laventille in the same way they engaged Chaguanas West and give out contracts to contractors in the area?” he asked. He said after his short walk, he realised Laventille did not need the heavy hand of the law but the soft hand of social and communal justice.
“Laventille does not need handouts at this present time but a social welfare approach,” he said. “Provide them with soft loans to purchase water trucks, assist them in the establishment of companies and then contract them to deliver water on a regular basis for the people of Laventille. “The ILP will bring investors into the hills of Laventille. That is how you fight crime in Laventille, not only with government boots, breaking down people doors and profiling one set of people.”
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