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Port-of-Spain mayor Louis Lee Sing yes-
terday welcomed a decision by Local Gov-
ernment Minister Dr Surujrattan Rambachan
to approve $22.6 million in unspent balances
for the Port-of-Spain City Co++++++rporation
to do seven projects in the area.
"We made a request for this nearly a year
now and I am delirious with happiness that
the people of Port-of-Spain will be getting
some benefits," Lee Sing said yesterday.
"The minister had indicated yesterday he
was approving everything (all the unspent bal-
ances) and I said I was grateful.
"I haven t seen sight of the approval yet.
But, however you take it, I am still grateful.
The burgesses will be happy."
He said he needed the fund to complete what
he deemed critical projects.
"They were projects I was complaining about
and requesting funds for under the unspent
balances over the last three years."
However, he said he found it strange that
news of the approval had been sent to the media
before the corporation was informed.
"It is rank politics that they would issue a
media release even before we get the approval
at the corporation. And on the eve of local
government elections (constitutionally due
between July and October this year)."
The release from the Local Government Min-
istry said: "The Minister of Local Government,
the Honourable Dr Surujrattan Rambachan,
wishes to advise the general public that he has
approved a request from the Port-of-Spain
City Corporation to utilise twenty-two million,
six hundred and forty-six thousand, four hun-
dred and thirty-six dollars ($22, 646, 436.00)
in unspent balances for the following projects."
The release also added that Rambachan "indi-
cated that this approval gives lie to the claims
made by the city corporation that it has been
starved of funds and he hopes that these funds
are utilised effectively for the projects indicat-
Lee Sing, a few months ago, accused Ram-
bachan of starving the Port-of-Spain City Cor-
poration of funds through delays.
He made the charge in response to a state-
ment from Rambachan a week before that while
Port-of-Spain was the capital city, other rural
communities must be given attention.
Rambachan said a better system of allocation
of funds to local government bodies was need-
ed.The $22.6 million will be spent on the fol-
• Desperlie Crescent Community Centre---
• Harpe Place Homework Centre---$251,720.87
• Fencing and paving Harpe Place basketball
• HDC Compound St Francois Valley Road play
• Sea Lots play park---$125,000
• Sogren Trace play park---$125,000
• George Street play park---$125,000
• Eli Mannette play park---$ 125,000
• Charford Court play park---$125,000
• Moseley Place play park---$125,000
• City Hall Auditorium upgrade---$3,250,000
• Procurement of major vehicles---$10,037,312
• Lighting at the King George V Park---
• Upgrade to the Central Market--$1,464,334.84
The release said "the minister is particularly
keen on the $10 million for the procurement
of major vehicles as that will be used to replace
the old garbage trucks and therefore improve
the collection of garbage in the city."
Yesterday, Lee Sing said he hoped the cor-
poration could now undertake the necessary
"My sincerest hope is that the administration
of the Port-of-Spain City Corporation will exe-
cute these projects in a timely manner that will
not prevent the approval of further funds."
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar said has issued a Ramadan
message to the Muslim community,
saying it is a time for all to show sin-
cerity, love and kindness to one anoth-
er and a great opportunity to improve
our relationship with the Lord.
"In this month we are supposed to
restrain ourselves from backbiting, hate,
malice, dishonesty, taking revenge, et
cetera, if we are to get the maximum
blessing from it."
The month of Ramadan began on
"This month has so much of beauty
and blessings that Muslims should
cherish the fact that they are alive to
observe it," Persad-Bissessar said.
"Remember, the most effective and
beneficial experience you can get as
you observe the etiquette of fasting is
the feeling of peace and tranquillity.
"This feeling should be climaxed
with the visit of the angels on the Night
of Power, which is normally believed
to be the 27th night of this holy
Persad-Bissessar also urged those
facing trials to be patient.
"We all do have our trials and dif-
ficulties. We had them in the past and
will continue to experience them
because the merciful Lord tells us He
will constantly try us," she said.
"So be prepared to do your part by
showing patience and restraint, in order
that your fast is acceptable in the sight
of your Lord."
Fasting, the PM said, is not easy.
"To keep the fast is not entirely easy,
it has its challenges. Allah wants to
test our faith, and promises to wipe
out our past mistakes and faults if the
fast is kept solely for His Sake.
"Everyone who keeps the fast should
always keep in mind that it is designed
to help a person appreciate the feelings
of others and by doing so one will be
inclined to love for others what he
would like for himself," she said.
a time to show
Suruj approves $22.6m for PoS City Corp...
Lee Sing eyes major works
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and UNC candidate for the Chaguanas West by-election
Khadijah Ameen (right) greet residents of Cacandee Road, Felicity, during a walkabout yesterday.
PHOTO: SHASTRI BOODAN
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