Former Minister of Works in the Tillman Thomas Government has clarified the issues taking place with regards to two major projects that are taking place in the Parish of St. Mark’s.
Denneth Modeste said the foundation of the projects that are currently taking place in St. Mark’s was laid by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) during its four-and-a-half years in government that ended with its defeat in the February 19 poll.
Addressing a rally of the NDC following its General Council at Hermitage, St. Patrick’s last week Sunday, Modeste made specific reference to the St. Mark’s river project, and the construction of a playing field and community centre at River Sallee, St. Mark’s for which he said he had secured the funding.
The ex-government minister recalled that during an intense rainfall event last year in the month of April, the river overflowed its banks and almost took away a village in Victoria.
Modeste said that as Minister of Works at the time he met a Chinese Company called, “China Harbour Engineering” which committed US$13M for the project.
He disclosed that although the designs were prepared for the project and the contract was awarded, the NDC Government did not have the time to implement the project since it lost the elections.
Modeste charged that the current the Parliamentary Representative, Dr. Clarice Modeste-Curwen (Minister of Health) is now taking the credit for the project.
With regards to the other project at River Sallee, the former Works Minister said he was able to secure US$1M from the Government of India.
“Whatever goes on in St. Mark’s, the NDC Modeste is responsible,” he added.
The former Works Minister recalled that last year at a rally held in Gouyave he presented to the people a Haitian Proverb that says, “The bull that turns the mill and grinds the sugar cane is not the bull that drinks the molasses when it is made.”
In interpreting the proverb, Modeste said the people of Grenada allowed the New National Party (NNP) to come in “and drink the molasses.”
“This is exactly what happened. All over St. Mark’s now is NDC molasses they (the NNP) are drinking,” he said.
Modeste stressed that historically, NDC is the political party that has always delivered for Victoria and St. Mark’s.
He reminded the people that during the first NDC Government of Sir Nicholas Brathwaite between 1990 and 1995, a sea defense project from Non Pariel, St. Mark’s to Maran, St. John’s was implemented at a cost of US$28M.