Straker Resource Centre officially opens in Layou
November 4, 2005
Straker Resource Centre officially opens in Layou

by Kenara Woods

The people of Layou are continuing to reap the fruits of the labour of their representative, Louis Straker.

Last Thursday, the doors officially opened to the largest of all resource centres to date, the Straker Resource Centre in Layou.

“There is no happier person in St. Vincent and the Grenadines than I am, because I have delivered,” said Louis Straker as he took the podium at the opening. {{more}}Continuing, Minister Straker said that the poor conditions at the local Post Office, where there was no lighting, or proper bathroom facilities, saddened him and he resolved that something had to be done, and that the people of Layou deserved a Resource Centre.

“Central Leeward must be in the forefront of the Education revolution,” said Straker. He also noted that the Government had done a lot for the people of Central Leeward and the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in general. “Education is the arsenal to alleviate poverty.”

He mentioned that employment was on his agenda and that the multi-million dollar water front project at Layou would make a positive contribution to this.

Minister Straker said he had fulfilled his promise to the people of Central Leeward and thanked them for their support. He reiterated that he is not perfect but with the power of Almighty God, he will continue to improve the circumstances of the people of Central Leeward.

Present at the opening ceremony was Taiwanese resident ambassador to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Madame Elizabeth Chu. Madame Chu expressed her delight at seeing the completion of the project. She stated that her country would continue to help develop St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Madame Chu also said that her Government is appreciative of Minister Straker and urged the people to make full use of the facility.

Minister of Education, Clayton Burgin addressing Thursday’s opening said that the event showed how important and solid the concept of the Government’s commitment to building Learning Resource centres throughout the length and breadth of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has proven to be.

“I will do all in my power to make plans geared towards the most effective use of these facilities for our citizens.” He also expressed thanks to the Government and people of the Republic of China (Taiwan) for the building of these centers.

The resource centre will also house the Post Office, a library and a branch of the National Commercial Bank.