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Wednesday, June 24, 2009 – The Ministry of Communications, Works, Transport and Public Utilities has commenced the second leg of constituency tours with a visit to the district of Babonneau.


Tuesday’s tour was undertaken by ministry officials, including Minister Honourable Guy Joseph, and follows the end of visits to constituencies represented by opposition parliamentarians. The tour, like others that have been undertaken, will help the ministry establish a full work programme, thus making it more proactive in its approach.  


“We have a full team from the ministry comprising of all the top level personnel, because we believe that managing this ministry is not just sitting in the office and trying to pass through the paper work, but to get a full appreciation of what it is like on the ground. The kind of roads that people have to drive through, the water problems that we are having as far as it relates to clogged drains and landslides and all the other difficulties that the communities encounter from time to time,” the Communications and  Works Minister said.       


Inundated with requests from his constituents for footpaths and improvements in road conditions, Member of Parliament for Babonneau Honourable Ezekiel Joseph, expressed appreciation for the visit to his constituency.  The old Boguis community was among the several communities that were visited on Tuesday, and has been regarded as one of the areas needing urgent attention.


I am hoping that we can start some work here in the next couple of weeks, because the conditions of the road are very deplorable. I am very much concerned that should we have an  incident that requires    public transport, fire or ambulance services, we would not be able to access the persons needing support because the situation is very deplorable”, the Babonneau MP said.


Communications and Works Minister Honourable Guy Joseph has indicated that funds are limited and as a result will be used in areas requiring serious attention.


The Ministry, he said, is looking to source additional funding from the Caribbean Development Bank and other funding agencies to address constituency needs.   As a result of the visits to the constituencies of Vieux-Fort North, Laborie and Soufriere, during the first leg of visits, major remedial works are already being undertaken.

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