Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 14th 2014 Contents Iam amazed by the Government's announcement that
it will cost an arm and a leg to deport a Ghanian and a
few other Africans back to their homeland by private
jet. The reported cost is more than two million dollars.
The cost of a one-way ticket to London per person is
£525. This includes hotel and car rental.
A flight from London to Accra in Ghana one-way is
£515. Even if the deportees had to be accompanied by
an Immigration Officer the cost will in no way reach the
amount the Government is planning to pay.
It looks like some private owner of a jet is going to
have a great financial windfall at the expense of our
This is yet another planned waste of public money.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Some of us in the Borough of
Arima are running scared. We
are faced with a situation that
is causing stress, anxiety and worry.
The issue we face is the infestation
of mosquitoes throughout the Bor-
There seems to be various strains
emerging within recent months.
Members of several families have
been experiencing varying degrees
of ill-health for quite some time
Last year we lost a very dear
friend who contracted dengue and
developed complications and even-
tually succumbed. Another family
spent an exorbitant sum at a private
facility in an effort to save the life
of a loved one.
Every imaginable insect repellant
and other gadgets have been used
to try to control the spread of dis-
ease and to protect our families.
While families struggle and undergo
excessive expenses they can ill-
afford, no one seems to care.
Some months ago, at a town
meeting held in the Borough, con-
cern was raised about the mosquito
invasion and the increase in the
rodent population. To date residents
are not satisfied with the response
of the authorities. Several house-
holders say that calls and visits to
the relevant authority have brought
While complete eradication is
impossible, regular monitoring by
the insect vector division and peri-
odic spraying will certainly assist.
Mr Minister, we believe the onus
is on the Ministry of Health and by
extension the local authority, to
ensure the health and well-being of
We are pleading to you, Mr
Health Minister, to use your good
office and do what is necessary to
address this situation to avoid an
epidemic especially with the preva-
lence of so many cases of ChikV
and the impending threat of the
12 Columbus St, Arima
Passing through Debe on Thursday
many drivers decided to avoid the
traffic and pass through the connector
roads. One vehicle was parked on the
side of one of these road and two big
trucks were waiting to pass. The oppo-
site lane was so busy there was a pile up,
so much so that many drivers had to
turn around on the narrow roadway and
seek other avenues.
It was crawling. One wonders what
the situation will be when major con-
struction is completed and those build-
ings become operational.
Dr Kublalsingh and his group want to
stay in their zones and tell us what we
must have and what we shouldn't have.
So if there is a suspicion of corruption
we must not have it. If family and friends
of whoever stand to benefit from it we
must not have it. So all the other mega
projects in this country should not have
taken place, according to these people.
It is shocking that people of interna-
tional repute, who would have seen
amazing developments in other coun-
tries, do not want to see the completion
of this highway.
The prime minister was conned when
the Government had to pay for the Arm-
strong report to which those opposed
The leaders of various organisations
who are supporting this sham should
recognise that their credibility is on the
The presence of 18,000 Jamaicans in T&T is certainly
a cause for alarm. However, forcible repatriation is
not the answer as it would be very costly.
Instead, the Minister of National Security should
allow these illegals to go back to their country on their
own steam and at their own expense and if they do so
then they will be free to return at a future date.
This opportunity should be for 30 days after which
the full brunt of the law would apply. This is the hu-
mane way to handle this problem.
I trust the Minister will adopt such an approach as it
can reduce the influx of these illegals and at the same
time save us a lot of money.
Dr Clifford Ramcharan
Only those of the area know the real pressure
This car lies in a drain along the Mosquito Creek, Oropouche early on Saturday morning. There were no
reports of injuries resulting from the accident. This incident shows there is constant need for care to be
taken on the roads at all times. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Allow illegals to voluntarily leave
Cost of deporting illegals sky high
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