|Rowley takes personal responsibility for Sandals |
Monday, January 9 2017
Top on the People’s National Movement (PNM) agenda for Tobago is an improved air bridge between the twin-island state.
This was strongly articulated as the party launched its campaign in the build up to the Tobago House of Assembly election scheduled to be held on January 23.
The launch saw party supporters turn out despite the inclement weather to listen to the party’s plans for the islands growth and development. Some people danced in the rain as they awaited the start of the launch, delayed by the rain.
Although Market Square,Scarborough, Tobago which saw the party’s political leader and the country’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley address the audience.
He said to those gathered that the country had an airline that does serve Tobago. Rowley said he told the newly installed Caribbean Airlines Board-installed on October 14 last year- to change its long standing policies with how it treats with the air bridge and to, “service Tobago at an international level.” Following swiftly on the discussion of the improved air bridge, Rowley-who earlier said that Tobago had a lot of potential to contribute to the larger economy-particularly in the area of Tourism-addressed the entry of Sandals resort into Tobago.
Rowley said he took “personal responsibility” for the Sandals Group looking at Tobago. He added that consultation on the project is set to begin soon. He said that some objectors to the project cited “some hairy crab” being destroyed in Buccoo and that he intended to protect the environment, the Sandals project would co-exist along with the “hairy crab.” The leader of the PNM’s Tobago Council, Kelvin Charles also addressed the improved air bridge between the islands.
Charles described the air bridge as, “an important public good.” He said the air bridge was Tobago’s highway between the islands and Charles added that there was discussion between CAL and the Tobago house of Assembly which led to board of CAL leasing an ATR service to, “take up some of the slack.” Rowley also told the modest crowd he met with official of the National infrastructure Development Company Ltd (NIDCO) to settle the route of Valencia to Toco. He said this development would aid Eastern Trinidad and and Tobago and create trade linkages between Eastern Trinidad and Tobago.
Rowley added he was proud of the outgoing obago party leader Orville London whose tenure he said did not end in scandal.