Former Prime Minister speaks of dark moment

Former Prime Minister Tillman Thomas believes Grenada is going through its darkest moment in recent years.

The ex-Grenadian leader made the charge as he addressed a public meeting of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in St. Patrick’s following the party’s annual General Council.

Thomas said the debacle in which the country has found itself can only be reversed if the people of the country give their support to Senator Nazim Burke who replaced him two years ago as the new Congress leader.

The former NDC  Leader who has given his commitment to work with the party to see its return to office, described the General Council held at the River Sallee Government School in St. Patrick’s as an important activity for the party.

He said that during the session a number of major policies and the way forward for Congress were discussed by delegates, which he felt was very relevant and important for the people of the country.

Thomas made particular reference to the need for rural development, which he said would benefit all the communities.

The former Prime Minister believes that programmes and policies, which are beneficial to the development of Grenada should be continued by another party taking control of the governance of the country.

He accused the ruling New National Party (NNP) Government of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell, which took control of government in February 2013 from Congress, of failing to continue the process of having Local Government on the sister islands of Carriacou and Petit Martinique.

Thomas who previously represented the St. Patrick East constituency in Parliament also chastised the NNP for failing to build a primary school at Mt. Rose, St. Patrick’s.

According to him, the land for the school was already obtained by Congress for the construction of the school.

“The National Democratic Congress is going to continue doing what is good for the people of Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique,” he said.

The former Prime Minister reiterated his call for Institutions to be restored, while accusing the NNP of destroying Institutions.

He said the people of Grenada should not be subjected to having to go to the office of a politician to receive government’s assistance.

“Our people must be respected, we have to be more self-reliant,” he remarked.

NNP has often been accused of using its party offices to hand out government monies to parents of school children to assist them with transportation.

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