‘Serving the people is our paramount priority -AG Nandlall
Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Hon. Mohabir Anil Nandlall, SC, says the welfare of the people is and continues to be the Government’s focus. The Attorney General made this statement during a series of meetings in Pomeroon-Supenaam (Region Two) on Friday.
The objective of the meetings was to update residents on the Government’s works and to provide them an opportunity to air their concerns. Engagements were held at Paradise, Jib, Better Success, New Road and other areas.
During the outreach, the AG also appeared on television programme “Government in Focus” on RCA Channel 8, where he said this Government intends to have continuous engagement with the people, in keeping with its manifesto promise.
“We consider the people as the focus of our purpose in Government. Serving the people is our paramount priority and how else can you serve the people if you do not go out to meet with them? How else can you deliver and stay in contact with the people if you do not go on the ground and meet the people?”
The AG said the PPP/C’s style of Government is more effective both qualitatively and quantitatively.
During the meetings, he highlighted that the Government does not have a development partner in the main Opposition.
“We do not run this country for PPP supporters. Every single person benefits from our programmes, from our policies and from our expenditure of public funds. We do not look at a community and say that community did not vote for us. We are doing two roads in Dartmouth right now; they did not vote for the PPP … We do programmes on meritocracy not on race, ethnicity and politics,” the AG said.
During the meeting at Better Success, resident Mr. Natram Persaud says he was concerned about not having access to a market for catfish. Mr. Persaud was informed that the Government is working to have the ban on catfish export lifted by the United States.
In the meantime, however, the AG highlighted that there is a demand for catfish on the East Coast and immediately identified a buyer.
In response, Mr. Persaud said he was grateful for the link. “That was good what the Minister do because at least he gave me a direct connection. He is doing a great job right now coming and meet the people and we are grateful to see him come here. For the past five years we never saw anybody to represent us. I am very thankful.”
Another resident, Ms. Rookmin Chowtie, told the AG that she returned from Venezuela about three years ago and she and her family are currently squatting on Government reserve. She sought the AG’s assistance in acquiring a house lot.
AG Nandlall said he would engage the relevant authorities on her behalf.
Ms. Chowtie said she was grateful for the Minister’s intervention “because we are punishing.”
Meanwhile, the AG told residents that the Government would soon present its first full year budget to the National Assembly which would lay the foundation for transformational development countrywide.