MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT for the Southern Grenadines, Terrance Ollivierre has made an impassioned plea for improved conditions in his constituency.
Speaking on the NDP New Times programme on Tuesday, March 15, he said it seems as if the people of the Southern Grenadines are neglected.
He spoke about the high transportation cost which residents have to pay to travel to Kingstown to get birth certificates or marriage certificates.
He feels that “the proper infrastructure can be set up at the administrative building for these services. Just to get a birth paper, the amount of money that you have to spend for transportation backward and forward to the islands.”
Apart from this problem, Ollivierre said he is tired of complaining about the bad roads in all the islands.
“It has reached a point that something must be done. We have been given promises how many Budgets before… and we are still in the same, or even worse conditions,” he stated.
There are two wharves in Canouan and Ollivierre said that neither is fit to be used.
The main wharf is very unsafe and the temporary wharf which was built more than 10 years ago needs to be repaired, he said.
Ollivierre, who has represented the Southern Grenadines since 2001, said when it rains persons using the wharf have to contend with mud and water.
On sunny days, “you have to be dusting like an Arab in the desert.”
“From the wharf, you have to go straight to the sea to wash your foot.”
Ollivierre said in times like these, the people of the Southern Grenadines should not have to endure that kind of suffering.