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With Finance Minister Colm Imbert set to deliver
his first 2015/16 budget presentation on Monday
Point Fortin MP and National Security Minister,
retired Major General Edmund Dillon, is making
out a case for a budgetary allocation to fulfill some
of his campaign promises.
"I can t confirm what will be in the budget but
I will be pushing for the completion of the Point
Fortin Hospital, a fire station, work on the Mahaica
Oval, a water-taxi service and of course the highway
from Point Fortin going up," Dillon said.
In an interview after the launch of the Penta Home
Front Colour Studio at Point Fortin on Tuesday
evening, Dillon said while the former administration
turned the sod for the hospital, no work has been
On Tuesday, Minister of Sport Darryl Smith made
a site visit to the Mahaica Oval and other sporting
facilities in the constituency to assess their condition
Dillon said while Smith gave no undertaking, he
would like to see the completion of the Mahaica
Oval, one of the projects he spoke about on the
campaign trail, and Coronation Park, got the facelift
For years, Point Fortin mayor Clyde Paul has been
agitating for the introduction of a water-taxi serv-
ice.Earlier this year Dr Carson Charles, president of
the National Infrastructure Development Company
Limited (Nidco), in response to an enquiry from
CEO Donna May Taylor, said funding was not yet
approved and the project had rolled over to 2016.
"I wish the water-taxi service could go all the
way down to Cedros because we have people from
Cedros working in Port-of-Spain and they have to
travel on a daily basis. That kind of transportation
will alleviate this situation," he said.
However, while Dillon pressed for allocations for
these mega projects, he said he was aware of the
state of the economy.
Earlier, in his address at the launch, he noted:
"Today we see where the Central Bank s economic
policy stated quite clearly our economy has contracted
some two per cent, the energy sector has declined
by almost 3.5 per cent.
"When we understand our country is based on
and oil and petroleum economy and there is a con-
traction right now, our immediate action has to be
"Part of the campaign speech was in fact looking
at areas such as Cedros, in terms of our cocoa and
coconut production. I recall years ago when Cedros
was a budding coconut industry.
"Look at the cost of coconut right now. A bottle
of coconut water at the supermarket is something
like $69 for a two litre."
The minister said as Penta led the way in the
diversification thrust, he encouraged other entre-
preneurs to invest in Point Fortin, to get involved
in the cocoa and coconut industry, "so that once
again Point Fortin can be that place that will lead
the economy of T&T."
He stressed the need for partnership between
Government and the private sector.
"We live in a state of inter-dependency one in
which no entity can deal with the many issues and
challenges that confront us, whether they are in the
security domain or whether they are in the economic
domain. So the Government would truly invite the
private sector to partner with us," he added.
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