|‘God blesses PP’ |
By NEWSDAY STAFF Tuesday, December 11 2012
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PRIME Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar...
PRIME Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar last night said that despite all efforts to destabilise the democratically elected government, by opposition forces, unions and civil groups, Almighty God has blessed the People’s Partnership and as leader she will not be deterred from her duty as leader. “I told you that when they cannot succeed they will engage in propaganda and character assassination.
“Less than 24 hours after another highly successful Monday night forum in Tulsa Road, Penal and after I made several announcements that demonstrated that investor confidence is back in Trinidad and Tobago, they did exactly as I predicted. But no amount of character assassination, no amount of dirt throwing, no amount of vindictiveness will ever deter me from the path you have endorsed for me and the government. Nothing is going to break my spirit for it is founded on truth and is energised by your support,” Persad- Bissessar said to a jubilant crowd of supporters at the UNC’s Monday Night Forum meeting at the Avocat Vedic School in Fyzabad.
She then boasted that in two-and-a-half years of the Partnership coming into power, the country — notwithstanding all that has been said by her detractors — have seen several areas of progress including removal of VAT on food items, free Bus passes for children in school uniform, increase in the old age pension, increase in the minimum wage, millions spent on school text books and laptop computers, increase in annual scholarships, construction of the Point Fortin to San Fernando Highway, expansion of GATE and the OJT programme, increase in the maternity grant and formation of the Children’s Life Fund.
She also spoke of plans to build nine regional sporting complexes to promote sports and physical activities to the tune of $495 million, a university campus in Debe, plans for a Children’s Hospital, several new police stations and over 6,000 government houses. “It is upon my work and the work of my Ministers that my character is built and defined. I shall not be disturbed by the assassins who have nothing better to do than to find fault and to seek to destroy. The hand of karma shall come back to slap them for as they sow so shall they reap. I am seeking to build a society where the poorest are being given a chance to rise above their current circumstances engendered by poverty.”
“I am building a society where we respect and value each other’s traditions, religion and culture and where we share a common understanding of who we are as our country is poised for great things. The injection of $19 billion of investments in the energy sector is a great show of confidence in us as a people and in the government.” “Investors are not going to come here if they perceive that the risk of instability is real. Our people are smarter than this. Our people know that we must create a friendly investment climate.
This is more than about incentives. It is a how we present ourselves as a nation. If I have a dream then this is it. I wish to inspire the spirit of neighbourliness once again throughout this land. I want us to be one!” she declared.
She then announced the shared use of the Presto Praesto and Chatham Youth Development and Apprenticeship centres between the Ministry of Gender, Youth and Child Development and the Ministry of Tertiary Education and Skills Training to facilitate expansion of the Military-Led Programme of Apprenticeship and Re-orientation Training. “I wish to advise that commencing January 2013, the MYPART Programme will for the first time be expanded to two other locations: the Presto Praesto Youth Camp in Freeport and the Chatham Youth Camp in Granville. This too will allow our youth greater opportunities for new career paths and jobs in the future upon graduation,” she said.