A strong following of supporters from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has clearly demonstrated to the electorate of Petite Martinique that their caretaker and surely the candidate, Tevin Andrew, has been building his base on Carriacou and expects the same on the Petite Martinique sister isle.
Andrew who has been extremely active and busy on the campaign trail took the party’s message to the residents of Petite Martinique on Saturday night.
The young man who recently returned from consolidating the party’s base in New York was joined by Chairman of the party, Vincent Roberts (who is from Petite Martinique), former chairman Bob Adams with three youth speakers on the platform expanding the reason why they are convinced that the NDC is the most qualified party to form the next government.
Andrews who called for a moment of silence in memory of the late Michael Caesar and Theodora King told the meeting that after all these years, Petite Martinique continues to remain starved of proper representation. He said that although the island does not demand much to develop, there is still a high level of neglect, which the residents have been given on a consistent basis.
However, the NDC caretaker said that an NDC administration would bring about a transformation of the island. He spoke of the need for a better road network, improved structures and support for the island’s rich fishing industry, more scholarships for the bright and talented youths of the island, improvement of harvesting the solar system for clean, pure and renewable energy and water supply.
“Let’s put aside our political differences and work towards a better Petite Martinique”, Andrews noted at the meeting.
In congratulating the establishment of a museum on the island where he was in high praise to President of the island’s Tourism and Cultural Committee, Odinga Blaire Charles and prominent historian, Dwight Logan, Mr Andrew said that his party is also very cognizant of the need to help preserve the island’s rich culture, artifacts and historical landmarks.
He said also that those in need of housing material must benefit from the relevant program and not just a select few.
“The days of one set of people benefiting because they support a political party; this has to stop”, said Andrew.
He said that the NDC is the only party that has demonstrated care for the boat-building industry. Mr Andrew said that the NDC is the only party that has the fishermen at heart. The caretaker used the meeting to call for more to be done for the enhancement of the island’s tourism product and agriculture sector.
“Petite Martinique is full of potential but it seems as it would only take an NDC administration to fully realise that”, he pointed out.
Mr Roberts who earlier conducted house-to-house visits on his native Petite Martinique said that the island has regressed significantly under the current administration. He said for an island with such abundance of natural talent, the present administration has deliberately refused to ensure that the island is a progressive one.
The NDC chairman commented on the state of the roads, the condition of the jetty, playing field being used to rear small ruminants.
Pointing to the work of Carriacouans Sir Nicholas Brathwaite (the late), Joan Purcell and Nazim Burke as outstanding leaders, Mr Roberts said that is the high quality the National Democratic Congress is known for. He added that after all these years in frontline politics and some seventeen years as prime minister, Dr Keith Mitchell has failed the people of this country miserably. He further pointed out that from the time he “hijacked the NNP” from Mr Blaize in 1988 to now he is yet to identify a successor in his party.
Nothing positive he said has been done in Petite Martinique under this current administration simply because of what he says is their lack of vision and foresight and their lack of love for the residents. He said that up to now patients are still taken from the sister isles of Carriacou and Petite Martinique to the mainland on a stretcher on the floor of Osprey.
“They (government) are treating us like dogs”, Mr Roberts told the meeting, which was held close to the Post Office.
Mr Roberts also took time to recognise retiring Member of Parliament for Carriacou and Petite Martinique, Elvin Nimrod, for his years as a parliamentarian.
He said that the constituency is now blessed and lucky to have someone as Tevin Andrew whom he asked the People of Petite Martinique to rally around and vote for when election day comes around.
“This man cares about Petite Martinique and the entire constituency and therefore deserves a chance to serve”, said Roberts.
Adams said that Andrews is the most hardworking politician he has ever worked with and feels this should serve as a clear indication that he is someone who is yearning for the opportunity to serve, “and I think he must be given such with your help, support and vote”.