Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 11th 2016 Contents Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said he had a
good laugh over the furore of the "send them a
message" slogan being used by the Movement for
Social Justice (MSJ) and the United National Con-
With a smirk on his face, Rowley told supporters that
he saw MSJ s leader David Abdulah s anger at a recent press
conference over the slogan.
However, he said "send them a message" was a PNM
concept but added the PNM held no copyright over the
slogan and had no problem with the MSJ using it. However,
he said the UNC was wrong for stealing it from the "little"
"I mean, when a dog learns to suck eggs, it is duck eggs,
fowl eggs, any egg," Rowley said jokingly.
He continued: "You would think after
all the UNC had done, they would not
have done something like that to take
away Send them a message from the
"What caused me to laugh is that
the UNC took Send them a message
away from him. But what I wanted to
tell David "Send a message to them
was Morris Marshall s slogan that the
PNM had when we were fighting the
NAR in 1987."
After decades of
clamouring for better
health care, trans-
and sporting facili-
ties, Point Fortin res-
idents are being
promised "milk and
honey" by their MP
His promise came as he mounted a platform outside the
Point Fortin Market on Wednesday night at the PNM s
presentation of candidates to contest for the Point
Fortin Borough Corporation in the upcoming Local
Plans for the construction of the new Point
Fortin Hospital has been on election manifestos
for decades and the sod was turned at a site along
the Southern Main Road by the former People s Part-
nership on the eve of the 2015 general election. However,
no work has gone on since August 2015.
Dillon told supporters it was a PNM
Government that took Point Fortin from
an agricultural town to a booming oil
and gas borough.
He said the borough contributed great-
ly to the country s "political account"
and the time had come to make some
"Today I can assure you that it is the
same PNM Government that will give
you the hospital," Dillon said.
He said Government would also con-
sider expanding the water taxi service to
Point Fortin, build the new Point Fortin Fire Station,
complete the Mahaica Oval and refurbish Coronation
"We have work to do and we ask that you bear
with us and have some patience because patience
is a virtue.
"Understand that we are going to achieve great
things in the years to come. We ask that you understand
that what we met was in fact a number of wastage, mis-
management, pilferage from over the previous five years."
Next week Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley
will seek to "immortalise" a US$200 million
liability incurred by the People s Part-
nership s cancellation of the Alutech alu-
minium downstream project in 2010.
Charging that the former government stopped
the construction of the Alutrint aluminium
smelter at the Union Industrial Estate to spite the
PNM-governed constituencies of La Brea and Point
Fortin, he said he would take that saga to Parliament.
Rowley was speaking at the PNM s Local Government
elections meeting outside the Point Fortin Market on
Wednesday night, where he presented candidates to contest
the Point Fortin Borough Corporation.
In 2007, Alutrint and China National Machinery and
Equipment Import and Export Corporation signed a US$540
million contract for the construction of the aluminium
complex that would have produced 125,000 tonnes
It was a joint venture between the Nation-
al Gas Company and the Sural Group of
Sural (Barbados) Ltd took the Gov-
ernment to court, seeking US$56 million
in damages after the project was scrapped.
Last June, the International Court of Arbi-
tration awarded US$2.4 million in favour of
"As a matter of fact, next week when the Par-
liament meets again, I am going to lay this matter
out in the Parliament for the parliamentary record
for all times so the people of this country can
see that when the PNM comes and you take us
for granted, the alternative is something like
that," Rowley said.
He said when the Alutech contract was cancelled, he
asked then prime minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar on
several occasions about the financial consequences.
However, he got no answers until taking up the
portfolio as Prime Minister in 2015, only to have the
Chinese company present a US$200 million claim.
He added: "We are now in that situation and
the company has now come to Trinidad. They met
with the Minister of Finance yesterday and they
outlined in detail, all that has happened from the
day they got involved in the project until now when
they are making the claim.
"What is shocking about it is the fact that in between
all the time I was talking to the UNC government and
asking the prime minister and speaking to her as Opposition
Leader to tell the country what was the story, they were
there doing things and saying nothing about it.
"It was not to say they shut it down and turned away
you know, they were actually engaging the company, engag-
ing the issue, creating liabilities for us."
Now that the PNM was in office, he said a committee was
formed to restart the board of Alutech and
resume the aluminium project once "the
numbers are good."
He said it was Persad-Bissessar, for-
mer sport minister Anil Roberts and a
"few misguided people" that denied the
country an opportunity to diversify from
oil and gas, and earn more foreign
He said several countries that had
set up aluminium industries were doing
well and T&T should have been in that
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