The Parish of St. John’s has been making a major contribution to the local economy.
These are the words coming from Caretaker/Candidate of the constituency Dr. George Vincent, the Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation in the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration.
Dr. Vincent who played a key role in the formulation of the weekly Fish Friday activity at Gouyave disclosed that it has so far netted $10.5m for the Parish and Town of Gouyave.
On June 24, Fish Friday celebrated seven years of its existence.
Dr. Vincent labelled St. John’s as being the Parish of Excellence that is going to take Grenada forward.
He said at present the Parish has the most modern fish market in the entire OECS (Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States).
He claimed that some people attempted to block the opening of the fish market despite the efforts of the Fisheries Department and the approval of the Cabinet.
“Some people decided that it was not going to open, we must remain another seven months before we have the fish market opened. I said no, and… when I kicked butts it was opened silently and quietly on 28th (June). We now have a fish market functioning,” he said.
According to Dr. Vincent, the Parish that is considered as the fishing mecca of the country faced a major challenge last year since less fish was exported than in 2010.
Dr. Vincent said despite the negativity that is painted by many people about the Parish, it has made a significant impact in the country, leading the way in many areas and will continue to do so.
The NDC Candidate spoke of the Parish having produced two Governor Generals in St. Paul Scoon and Sir Carlyle Glean, and a high court judge in Justice Lyle St. Paul, now retired.
Dr. Vincent also said the parish has also excelled in sports.
He indicated that although the Parish had no playing field, the world rated, Kirani James still persevered by coming out on top in the world.
At the World’s Championship in Daegu, South Korea last year, James won the 400m in a personal best of 44.60 seconds.
He is being looked upon as being Grenada’s best chance at securing a medal at the London Olympics that begins later this month.