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Mixed views as Nicole returns to energy role
There were mixed feelings
among La Brea constituentson
Thursday as news of the ap-
pointment of their MP Nicole
Olivierre to the post of Parlia-
mentary Secretary in the Min-
istry of Energy began to spread.
Olivierre's appointment to the
Ministry was announced by the
Office of the Prime Minister on
Wednesday as part of PM Dr Keith
Rowley's Cabinet reshuffle.
Olivierre was initially appointed
as Energy Minister on September
11, 2015. Some 13 months later, she
was axed and replaced by former
Rural Development and Local Gov-
ernment minister Franklin Khan.
Olivierre has over 14 years ex-
perience in the oil and gas indus-
try. She is the holder of a BSc in
chemistry and computer science
(First Class Honours) and a Master
of Philosophy (MPhil) in chemistry
of natural products from the Uni-
versity of the West Indies (UWI).
The T&T Guardian visited her
constituency where some resi-
dents offered support and while
others had words of criticism
about the move.
Trishdath Bissoon, of Rousillac,
said he believes Olivierre has for-
gotten about his community and
needs sometime to address the
needs of her constituents.
"She doesn't do anything for us,
there are plenty things that need to
be done in this area and we could
never see she, it don't make sense
giving her more work to do and she
can't do this set good," he said.
His friend, Rajesh Kariya echoed
his sentiments, adding, "We liv-
ing in a self-help community, you
can't see this woman to do nothing
for we. Now we have to pay she
more money to do nothing?"
In Queen Street, La Brea, Es-
ther Jerrybandhan agreed, "She
don't do anything for anybody,
why she getting more work?"
However, her neighbour, Dester
Lee believes Olivierre is doing the
best she can.
"She has visited certain families
and done assessments to she how
she can help them," Lee said. "My
mother is 92 and we are having a
little hard time here, she came to
use recently and said she would try
to help however she can."
Lee said Olivierre's performance
is a step up from that of the previ-
ous MP, Fitzgerald Jeffrey.
"You doesn't have to go to she
office and beg and beg them to hear
your problems. Once you go and
make a report, she does really try. I
think she could do well in the min-
istry, she just need a little chance."
Speaking from his business place
at the corner of High Road and
Freeling Street, Reagan Forde said
Olivierre is trying but he believes
more can be done in the area.
"The drainage and the roads
really need fixing, every time the
rain falls for more than ten min-
utes, I get flood inside my business
"We need better infrastructure
in La Brea, I think Olivierre is doing
a lot better than politicians before
her but more needs to be done for
His neighbour, identified only as
Ling, slammed Olivierre saying she
does nothing for the community.
"Look at the condition of the
road, people can't even drive the
cars here. What she doing all this
time? She should focus on fixing
La Brea and helping the people
here before she run back in any
ministry," he said.
with Marlene's promotion
She must change her ways.
This was the call made by the
South East Port-of-Spain (SEPOS)
community group on Thursday as
they expressed disappointment that
their MP Marlene McDonald was be-
ing brought back into the Cabinet
as the Minister of Public Utilities.
Speaking at a press conference at
Besson Street, Port-of-Spain the
group's president Michael Morgan
said the community which was al-
ready overshadowed by crime need-
ed positive initiatives, especially for
Saying that repeated proposals
sent to McDonald to uplift the com-
munity had received no response.
Morgan called on Prime Minister Dr
Keith Rowley to intervene.
"I hope she (McDonald) could
change she ways and do something
to assist the community. We demand
a fair share of the nation's resources
because there is a lot of disparity and
suffering. We are the most discrim-
inated against," Morgan said.
Speaking about the growing
homeless problem Morgan said the
group proposed to the Port-of-Spain
City Corporation some three years
ago that an abandoned building at
the corner of Duncan Street and In-
dependence Square can be used an
a temporary assessment facility to
accommodate the homeless.
He said the group was disap-
pointed that to date, the proposal
had not had any positive response
from the corporation. He said he was
also disappointed the councillors of
the Port-of-Spain City Corporation
were not performing inefficiently.
"The performance of the council-
lors are failing. They need to get off
from their seats and do something,"
On the issue of job opportunity,
Morgan said, there was very little
afforded to the South East Port-of-
Spain community due to stigmaand
discrimination, adding that this
brought with it a level of frustration.
He said residents were not beg-
ging for hand-outs but rather the
tools to sustain themselves and their
"The SEPOS community garden
projects is an initiative we put for-
ward because it is way not only for
people to grow their own food but
also to keep youths positively oc-
cupied.But we are not getting the
necessary tools to carry out the
projects," Morgan said.
Member of the group Glyniss
Nurse whose home was destroyed
by fire almost two years ago said
she was yet to receive help from
McDonald or the Housing Develop-
ment Corporation (HDC). Her home
was one of several which was burnt
in October 2015.
Nurse who occupies a room at the
community centre expressed frus-
tration about having no place to call
her own. Several other residents who
also lost their homes to the fire also
live at the centre.
"To this day I got no help from my
MP. HDC come and take the infor-
mation, look at the place burn down
and did nothing. I have no place up
to now and it is frustrating," Nurse
said, adding that there were no sys-
tems in place to help the poor.
The group's youth activist King-
sley St John who was also vocal that
McDonald had done very little called
for a change of representation.
"She was on the backbench and
now she is being rewarded. We need
to take the youths from behind the
bridge and get them in something
that is positive like farming," St
SEPOS Cultural workshop youth activist Kingsley, right, identify areas on
Piccadilly Street for community gardens during a press conference hosted by
the group yesterday at SEPOS Community Center, Besson Street, Port-of-
Spain. At left is the group's president Michael Morgan. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
Trishdath Bissoon says La Brea MP
Nicole Olivierre does not deserve to
be placed back into the Ministry of
Energy as she does not perform
well as an MP.
Reagan Forde says although he feels La Brea MP Nicole Olivierre is doing a
good job, more needs to be done in the constituency as there is poor
drainage and bad roads. PHOTOS: RISHI RAGOONATH
Rousillac resident, Rajesh Kariya,
prepares bunches of chennet for
sale on Thursday. Kariya believes
that La Brea MP, Nicole Olivierre
should not have been given another
portfolio in the Ministry of Energy
as he said she is not doing a good
job as an MP.
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