No central government money has gone into Argyle airport – PM
August 27, 2013

No central government money has gone into Argyle airport – PM

No money from the central government has gone into the construction of the Argyle International Airport.{{more}}

This assertion was made by Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves during a tour of the new facilities at the Villa campus of the St Vincent and the Grenadines Community College, last Friday.

Work on the construction of the new facilities, which began in January 2011, is reported to have cost approximately $30 million.

“The people see the evidence here, the rubbish spoken by the Opposition that we are taking all the money which we get and putting it to the airport. What about the $30 million here? Huh? What about that?” Gonsalves said.

The prime minister stated that the money that has gone into the international airport was specifically for that purpose.

“Not one cent from central government monies nor indeed from the European Union or the World Bank…. The funding which we get for the airport has been specifically for the airport and would not have been available for anywhere else.

“…the only resources from the government would be made available in respect of any loans in which we have to make payments of interest and those payments have not yet commenced,” he said.

Additionally, Gonsalves listed several projects that are expected to be done over the next three to four years.

“I only want to tell the API (Agency for Public Information), when opposition politicians talk a lot of foolishness, just take your cameras and go about and see all what is happening and they will shut up their mouth, like they will shut up their mouth too, after they see this,” he said. (BK)