London urges Tobago to sign 'Assertion Motion'


Speaking before a packed Glamorgan Community centre last Sunday, Chief Secretary and Deputy Political Leader of the People's National Movement (PNM) outlined the significance of Tobago being defined by 200 nautical miles.

He said it was important that Tobago be recognised as a known contributor of the marine resources of oil and gas to the country's GDP. The man in charge of Tobago's affairs was at the time speaking at the "Feeling the pain 2" public meeting.

London also highlighted the importance of protecting Tobago's heritage by clearly defining a Tobagonian as being resident on the island for four years. He urged persons to speak out and stand up for what they believed in and to refuse being ignored and to fight for their 'Tobago Voices' to be heard. He encouraged everyone to take the word to the streets and have persons sign the "assertion motion" in defense of the Tobago voice and return them to his office or office of their representatives, within a week. The issues he highlighted from the major differences between the THA submitted constitutional reform Bill and the Green Paper being proposed by the People's Partnership Government.

London has argued that someone should be living in Tobago for at least four years before they are allowed to vote. However, The Green Paper is proposing that the right to be allowed to vote in Tobago continues to be three months.

Referring to a now popular statement made by Minister CVernella Alleyne Toppin, The Deputy Political Leader reminded the audience that, "sensible fowls recognize that to feed on corn that is thrown to them on a Saturday morning could result in foolish fowls finding themselves as objects of a hearty Sunday meal".

Earlier in the evening there were testimonies from several young people who claimed to have suffered as a result of the UNC led PP/TOP Government.

Former Union leader Jennifer Baptiste-Primus was a keynote speaker at the event. Much of her presentation was based on how the actions of the present government are impacting the people of Tobago. Hitting the government for a poor record on fighting corruption, the former PSA head questioned if the Partnership is still a coalition or whether it is a UNC government with some supporters, given that the last reshuffle side-lined their COP competition.

Fiery, young Senator Shamfa Cudjoe spoke about the incident in Senate a few weeks ago where she was ruled to be irrelevant when she raised the issue of the ANR Robinson International Airport.

Cudjoe pledged to persevere, regardless of the obstacles that are being placed in her way by the UNC government. She has assured Tobago that she will continue to speak out and fight for Tobago and the interests of its people.

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