Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 31st 2015 Contents YVONNE WEBB
In response to claims that Point
Fortin was neglected during her
tenure as Member of Parliament,
Paula Gopee Scoon said she did her
best given the limitations of being
an opposition representative. She said
projects earmarked for the con-
stituency were abandoned when the
People s National Movement (PNM)
lost the election in 2010.
Pledging support for her successor
Major General Edmund Dillon, Gopee
Scoon said this was not good bye.
"The only person we must say good
bye to is Kamla. Goodbye Kamla. Hello
Rowley," Gopee Scoon told crowds at
Market Square during a political meet-
ing hosted by the PNM
The outgoing MP said during the
tenure of Prime Minister Kamla Persad
Bissessar people in the Borough were
denied access to tertiary education.
She said requests to have the curricu-
lum altered to suit their industrial envi-
ronment have gone on deaf ears. She
said the People's Partnership govern-
ment also abandoned plans to develop
a UTT campus in the borough although
an agreement had been signed
between Atlantic LNG and UTT
to construct the facility on lands
acquired from Petrotrin.
"This Government came in to
office and despite appeals to Fazal
Karim, the UTT Campus project
in Point Fortin has been aban-
doned," she said
Gopee-Scoon also said that
during the Patrick Manning
administration approval was
granted the construction of the
Point Fortin Hospital at a cost of
$650 million with China Railway
Corporation as the approved con-
"To date all kinds of attempts
were made to build hospitals every
other place but Point Fortin, with
bobol attached to some like the
SNC Lavelin issue and the Penal
Hospital. But five years later, no
hospital in Point Fortin," she said.
"They do a multimillion dollar
sod turning ceremony, pitch some
dirt, surround the site with gal-
vanise and put two cranes on the
property and fool the people of
Point Fortin. And that hospital,
they propose to build is costing
more than twice the price of that
proposed by us."
Coudray, the UNC caretaker for
Point Fortin whom she suggested
was afraid to contest the seat, to
come outside and face the people.
She said Coudray was going
around asking questions and seek-
ing answers about the election.
Gopee Scoon said she felt sorry
for the people of Coromandel and
Granville, Cedros, who after five
years have been absolutely ignored
and taken for granted by the UNC.
"They paid token visits, brief,
and they came by boat and hel-
icopter. They rejected you but for
the lighting of recreation grounds.
The rusty old barge, after much
protests, has not been removed.
The new jetty recommended by
me not contemplated. Work on
the main Icacos watercourse
remains incomplete, causing much
filth and disease, an environmental
"The few roads being paved had
been requested by us, all during
the term but elections coming so
now they paving.
"Is a tief head situation. They
mamaguy the people for their
votes and then absconded and
now all they could do is impose
Ravi Ratiram as their representa-
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, August 31, 2015
The Wasafoli Dance Group was
among the groups that performed at
the Divali Nagar on Saturday night
when the National Council of Indian
Culture(NCIC) hosted a Rainbow
Dance Festival in celebration of
T&T s 53rd anniversary of Independ-
ence. The group s repertoire included
an African dance, drumming and
In remarks at the start of the pro-
gramme, NCIC president Dr Deok-
ienanan Sharma called for greater rep-
resentation from East Indian cultural
groups in T&T contingents at national
and international events.
"This Rainbow Dance Festival con-
tinues to attract overflowing audience
as evidenced by tonight's participa-
tion," he said.
Special guests at the show were
T&T's Ambassador to China, Chan-
dardath Singh and his wife. Singh
praised the creativity of the featured
groups, including Nalini Akal and the
N9 Dancers, Chinese Dragon Dancers,
Trinidad Multicultural Dance Group,
Kaizan Shakti Dance Group, Prema
Shakti Dance Group, Radha Krishna
Dance Group, as well as chutney,
nagara, tassa and steelpan by Lennore
"From what I have seen here, the
NCIC continues to enhance the mul-
ticultural and national diversity of our
country. NCIC continues to provide
that energy, creativity and the balance
of our cultural strength," he said.
NCIC public relations officer Suru-
jdeo Mangaroo said the Rainbow
Dance Festival has become one of the
major events hosted by the group.
"The NCIC is about strengthening
the cultural stocks of our land. Every
culture continues to perform at Divali
Nagar because we believe in the con-
cept of multiculturalism and national
diversity," he said.
Members of the Wasafoli Dance Group in action at the Rainbow Dance Festival at
the Divali Nagar in Chaguanas. PHOTO: EDISON BOODOOSINGH
Former MP: PP neglected Point Fortin
NCIC hosts Rainbow
Paula Gopee Scoon.
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