As the electorate prepare to go to the polls on March 13, the Keith Mitchell-led New National Party (NNP) is making every effort to secure the votes of the nation’s youth in order to continue holding on to the reins of government in the country.
“Don’t let them fool you again…We have a lot of plans for our young people – all we ask is for you to continue to support the New National Party (NNP) and your dreams and careers are going to be fulfilled”, said outgoing Parliamentary Secretary for Carriacou & Petite Martinique, Nolan Cox.
The second-in-command on the sister isle was speaking Saturday at a meeting of NNP held in Harvey Vale to support its candidate, attorney-at-law, Kindra Maturine-Stewart who is contesting the Carriacou & Petite Martinique seat for the first time.
Cox told the party faithful that their dreams for a better day is only possible with NNP which has been in power for 18 of the past 23 years in Grenada.
“So, I urge you on Election Day, go out (and) vote for your candidate…we have the right team, the right leader, the right candidates and we are the right party and so we must do it now. Do it for Grenada Carriacou and Petite Martinique”, he said.
Cox focused his address on NNP’s intention for the youth in particular and encouraged them to continue supporting the party in order for the plans to come into fruition.
In delivering what he described as a “special message for our youth,” Cox announced plans to employ at least one youth in each government sector, as part of an NNP succession plan for the future of the party and the country.
“We are looking towards the future, the young people are our future and for that reason we are going to ensure that in terms of succession planning, that at least one young person is going to be employed in each government sector throughout the State to ensure that our young people can successfully take over the reins”, he told the gathering.
“We have a number of plans for our young people (and) while we have invested significantly in education and we continue to focus on their development.
“We plan to invest more for our young people in creating jobs…we have done so even right here in this constituency…we have a marina under construction, we have a new port under construction where our young people are getting employment through its construction and are going to be getting employment after it’s finished.
“…We have to understand that this is the government that will do that for our young people.
In taking a political jab at the main opposition Congress party which ruled the island from 2008 to 2013, Cox told supporters that the NNP want to make sure that “they are not being misled again for a second time”.
“We want to make sure that they (supporters) continue to follow in the right path to secure their future and development, which is only under the New National Party, under the stewardship of our esteemed leader and of course our candidate for Carriacou and Petite Martinique,” he said
Cox took up office in December 2014, replacing the late Sen. Jester Emmons as the Parliamentary Secretary for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs.
In making a plea for the youth vote, the former Junior Minister who was once tipped to be the candidate on the sister isle said that the NNP has done “significant work for our youth”.
“We have invested enormously in our youth and we are proud of that…and we must preach (of) what we have done and we must continue to lift them (the youth) up because the only future they have is under the New National Party”, he said.
“So, I want us to understand and continue to forge ahead with the New National Party come election day March 13,” he declared.
Cox warned the gathering that while “so much has been said negatively about our distinguished and most outstanding New Imani programme and the youths, trying to pull them down, we know and we remember what they (NDC) had done to you (the youth after taking office in 2008)”.
“…We have to remind our young people that they must stay steadfast with the NNP if they want to be successful and prosperous in this country.
“So, we are going to continue to develop and improve our new Imani programme …I heard them (NDC) say they are not going to send you home, but I encourage you: You must not believe that. Don’t let them fool you again.
“We want to continue to focus on expanding the opportunities for our young people through small business development. We know how to do it, we have done it successfully and we are going to continue to do that for our young people.
Cox also sought to give assurances that the NNP is “going to ensure that our young people continue to get opportunities to be certified with CVQs, so that they can make themselves more marketable in the job place (and) access all the opportunities that they can”.
“These are some of the things that we are working on my brothers and sisters but we can’t do that without you. We need your support come March 13…This is how we do it.
“My friends we are the New National Party, don’t be afraid to express yourselves. That is why I am asking you to step forward now and let the world see that the New National Party (NNP) is here to stay, not only for the next five years but for more years and more years to come because we are the ones who care most about our people.
“We have demonstrated it in so many ways over and over again – we have provided opportunities for each and every one of you and we are going to continue to do more.