Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 15th 2015 Contents GEISHA KOWLESSAR
The St Joseph constituency is stifled
for funding as projects which began
under defeated candidate Ian Alleyne
during the 2013 by-election are yet to
There are roads which have remained
dug up to date, says MP Terrence
The PNM Opposition member, who
was victorious over Alleyne, said funding
from the central Government to finish
infrastructural development in the com-
munity has been one of the major chal-
Deyalsingh defeated Alleyne---who
went up on a UNC ticket---by 779 votes.
Alleyne received 5,577 votes, with the
Independent Liberal Party s (ILP) Om
Lalla garnering 1,986 votes.
Stating an emphatic "no" when asked
if the community was receiving money,
"All the so-called Ian Alleyne projects
which were started for the by-election
have been discontinued. Roads dug up
and left... for example in Bamboo Exten-
sion No 1 and Quarry Drive."
Accessing equal opportunities for all
areas, he noted, still remained a fun-
damental issue to be tackled.
"There has been a concerted attempt
not to provide equal access to resources,
for example, a water supply to areas
north of the Eastern Main Road.
"There are various UNC caretakers
giving out grants which I cannot access,"
Despite those obstacles, however, he
insisted that the needs of his con-
stituents would be top priority.
"I am now trying to bring resolution
to these issues," he said.
Since assuming the role of MP what
exactly has Deyalsingh done to improve
Apart from lobbying to ensure there
is efficient and adequate water supply
and paved roads, Deyalsingh said he
had also assisted the elderly through
the "maze" of accessing social services,
including pension and National Insur-
ance Services (NIS).
"We run a virtual employment agency
for the young adults together with career
advice and counselling.
"I find myself helping the youth with
a myriad of life issues and being a father
figure, someone they can trust and who
does not judge them," Deyalsingh said.
On his five-year plan should the PNM
come into power, Deyalsingh said a big
factor would be devoting his time to
ensure equal opportunity for all.
Agriculture, he added, would also
play an integral part in the proposal.
"It would be to create equal oppor-
tunities for all sectors... the elderly,
young, business and agriculture.
"I also wish to attract new industries
to take advantage of the inherent skills
that reside within the people of the
constituency, for example culture, sport,
fashion," Deyalsingh said.
The manufacturing sector would not
be left behind.
Deyalsingh said part of his plan was
to "refresh" the manufacturing base in
St Joseph which he described as quite
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ON THE MARGIN---ST JOSEPH
Equality for all
WHO IS DEYALSINGH?
Terrence Deyalsingh served as a
temporary Opposition Senator
during the 10th Republican
Parliament. He was appointed a
Senator on November 2, 2010, and
served until October 14, 2013,
when he accepted the nomination
to contest the St Joseph
constituency in a by-election, which
he won on November 4, 2013.
He has a BSc in clinical pharmacy
and a post-graduate diploma in
Asked about his plans should the UNC retain power,
Deyalsingh dismissed any thought of defeat. Instead he
said he was certain of victory.
"I am confident of winning. Once I keep focused and do
the hard work, the PNM, under the leadership of Dr Keith
Rowley, will form the next government and St Joseph will
be in winners' row, with stability and respect for our
national institutions being the order of the day."
MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS
More questions than answers for
St Joseph Police Station
In 2006 police officers walked out of the almost
dilapidated St Joseph Police Station at the corner of
Abercromby Street and the Eastern Main Road, protesting
unsafe and unsanitary conditions.
Their action had come after a colleague's foot went
through the rotted, wooden flooring in the charge room.
The station was one of 19 stations approved by the
former PNM government for construction.
Deyalsingh said since the PP Government came into
power, the project has been the subject of three
parliamentary questions over the past year.
Questions, he added, were directed to two Ministers of
National Security and also to Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
"The project has not yet progressed to any great extent
but the Minister of National Security in answering stated
that the cost has escalated from TT$26 to $40 million,"
TOURISM KEY FOR ST JOSEPH
St Joseph once stood proudly as the first capital of
T&T. Its landscape is dotted with old, historical buildings.
Many of these landmarks are in need of restoration,
not only to preserve the town's rich history but also to
serve as one of T&T's major tourist attractions.
And that's also part of Deyalsingh's objective for
He said: "This will be done in conjunction with other
aspects of the constituency and the Maracas Valley basin
with its rich flora and fauna and historical buildings.
"For example, there is the wonderful private cocoa
estate and natural wonders, such as the Maracas
"We can then develop a total tourism package,
highlighting St Joseph as the first capital and culture
inclusive of parang and steelpan."
Flashback: October 2013: Former Member of Parliament for St Joseph Herbert
Volney, left, shakes hands with PNM candidate for St Joseph Terrence Deyalsingh
during a walkabout at Hutton Street, St Joseph. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
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