Prosperity For Every Citizen – The Vision Of The PP Gov’t
By Suruj Rambachan
Last weekend, I had the pleasure of driving to South with a TT Citizen now living in the USA for over thirty years. As we approached the end of the highway at Golconda, he was amazed that the highway had been completed to Debe and further that it was now past Debe into Gandhi Village. As he looked to his left on the way to Debe he was surprised that the Debe University Campus was no longer a dream but a reality with the first intake of students carded for September. WE discussed the impact of the presence of the campus on the financial savings to parents whose children can now reside at home and go to school in St Augustine as well as the business opportunities which will accrue from the presence of the campus. I had calculated that he savings from rent, travel and food is about $50,000 per year. With some students still wanting to rent, the economy of Debe will benefit tremendously by this decision.
I took him through the newly repaved road between Debe and Paria Suites, La Romain down the Mosquito Creek into the newly opened section of the Highway from South Oropouche to Grants Trace. He admitted that the thought of a four lane highway from San Fernando to South Oropouche was mind boggling. He commented that the difference between this Government and others was in the doing!
On our way back up, we began to discuss the Children’s Hospital. Not only is it an imposing structure with the best available technology, but the issue for him was the tremendous opportunities for employment and careers. I told him that approximately 2400 persons are required to staff and maintain the hospital. The building of this hospital is not only about medical services but about employment and business activities. The opportunity for our young people to become doctors, nurses, auxiliary medical staff, maintenance workers of the facilities are tremendous. The training now being provided at the Teaching Hospital in San Fernando as well as at the Nursing Academy in El Dorado point to a PP Government which is clear on its vision for TT as a nation where the prosperity and well-being of all its citizens are at the forefront of the development thrust, that prosperity to include sustainable jobs and a bright future. He noted however that it will be up to the young people to embrace the opportunities. Given the start of the Point Fortin and Arima Hospitals as well as the near completion of the Carenage Health Facility, it is clear that over 6000 jobs will be created directly and indirectly in the health sector alone.
WE had driven past a new Early Childhood Center constructed under the PP Administration and he commented on the UN Secretary General’s observation of TT reaching Universal Early Childhood Education status. Again he remarked about the opportunities for employment of young people in the specialized area of teaching pre-schoolers. Between the hospitals and the early childhood centers he had seen the vision of the government of Kamla Persad Bissessar for human development, citizen care and career professionals through sustainable employment.
Seeing the National Cycling Center at Couva as well as the Aquatic Center, he himself recognized that this PP Govt had a clear vision for the people of TT and that in any other country there will be no further discussion on who is best fit to govern TT for the next five years. The transformation of the landscape was telling in terms of the positive developments.
Finally on our way to Piarco this morning, I decided to take him through Caroni on the new four lane highway just constructed as well as I pointed out the new Motor Vehicle Authority Building. Having seen the day before the new TEST building in Chaguanas near Divali Nagar and the new COSTAATT Main Campus off Pierre Road, Chaguanas under construction he himself pointed out that the govt was serious about decentralization and achieving a more balanced geographic development. For once I wish I had the rime to show him the several National Energy Skills Centers , the Aviation Institute in Couva, the Drilling Institute in St Madeline, or the COSTAAT campus in Sangre Grande.
The choice for him on Sept 7th was clear. A PP Govt should be elected to complete the transformation for it appeared to him that the driving motive of the PP Govt was and still is a better life for its citizens. My comment to him was that he was witnessing a government at work which had Vision, Leadership that was inspiring performance and Delivery that was need centered and unprecedented.
The leadership of Kamla Persad Bissessar, as well as her management of her Cabinet are at the heart of the success of the PP Govt. Without a doubt, despite the attempts to create instability in the country and to undermine the current Administration, to paint negative pictures of the PM, the PM has stood firm and resolute in her drive to bring prosperity for all. No doubt she enjoys the leadership approval rating which she does.Share on Facebook