Caretaker for the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Constituency of Carriacou and Petit Martinique, Tevin Andrews is not satisfied with the way the people of the Sister Islands are getting benefits from government programmes.
Andrews told a radio talk show programme last week Wednesday that persons have to go to a political party office to obtain jobs and benefits and described as “vulgar” this type of behaviour from the ruling New National Party (NNP) administration.
He also referred to reports making the rounds on the sister isle that just over 30 people from Carriacou and Petit Martinique, who are allegedly NNP activists are being paid by government for work not being undertaken by them.
“They do not work for the Government of Grenada, they don’t work for the Ministry of Carriacou and Petit Martinique (Affairs), allegedly, but they are being paid by the Government of Grenada,” he said.
“I need to know why these people are on the government payroll if they’re not employed by the Government of Grenada and they are not giving a service to the people of Carriacou and Petit Martinique,” he added.
Andrews admitted that the reports reaching him are only allegations at this time but he needs to have the matter cleared up and called on Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Dr. Keith Mitchell to have the issue investigated and to bring some form of closure to it.
The Congress activist also accused the NNP party office in Carriacou of taking control of the operations of the Ministry of Carriacou and Petit Martinique Affairs and labelled this development as “corruption”.
According to Andrews, instead of the ministry handling the affairs on the sister isle, everything is being channeled through the NNP party office.
“The vouchers that were given out for school supplies (by the government) in September, people had to go to the NNP party office and fill up the form, and call back the NNP party office to ask whether or not they were successful,” he said.
Andrews spoke of what took place with the collection of vouchers previously.
He said beneficiaries will go to the Division of Education where they will apply for the assistance and the department will then provide them with the vouchers.
The NDC Caretaker also alleged that people are experiencing problems in getting housing material.
He said that in order to benefit from the housing programme, people have to go to the NNP party office to make the application.
“We are no longer following the government system that is in place, but everything is now channeled through the party office. Even to get a simple road work, you now have to go into the NNP party office and put down your name… in order for you to get a chance of getting a work on the road, and that is sad, that is a sad day for the people of Carriacou and Petit Martinique,” he told the programme host.
Andrews also believes that the people from the Sister Islands feel disconnected from those on the mainland, especially when it comes to the provision of health care.
He compared the cost someone on the Sister Isle will have to pay in meeting the bill for major medical services to someone on the mainland.
The young politician believes the blame should lie at the feet of the Member of Parliament for Carriacou and Petit Martinique, Elvin Nimrod as he should be the person demanding for those major health services to be available in his constituency.
“I want to encourage people of Carriacou and Petit Martinique to join me in the fight for a better Carriacou and Petit Martinique because it is possible,” he said.