the nation anxiously awaits todays 2008-2009 budget presentation,
Minority Leader in the Tobago House of Assembly (THA), Ashworth
Jack, says he is not optimistic that any of the promises to be made
by the Government will be delivered.
last years $42-billion-dollar fiscal package, Jack said he
was not holding his breath that todays budget
will spark any change.
said while the PNM administration was very good at making promises,
it was not very good at keeping them.
seems to be an apathy in this present administration. They need
to practice less talk and more action, he said.
added: In terms of delivery, nothing happens, especially in
Tobago. The hospital is not yet delivered; the housing complex is
financial complex, the Scarborough Library and the Performing Arts
Centre, just to name a few, are not even completed.
is happening in slow motion. Something has to be wrong with that.
How are we to move forward?
said there was need for proper accountability by the
THA, in terms of the moneys they have got. He lamented
problem is gross incompetence on behalf of the THA. We have to ask
ourselves, are we getting value for money. Are we satisfied?
are not finishing projects in Tobago. There are projects which started
eight years ago, but have not been completed. That is unacceptable.
continued, The entire health system in Tobago needs to be
overhauled. Scarborough needs to be redesigned.
need to seriously look at housing and education.
have almost nothing happening in agriculture. Tobago seems to be
falling further and further behind. (CM)