Minority Leader Ashworth Jack believes the Tobago House of Assembly is making a desperate attempt to deceive the people of Tobago by rushing to complete long overdue projects and hiring of development workers mere months before the Tobago elections.
Speaking at his bi-monthly media briefing at his Scarborough Office, Jack also made a promise that under a TOP administration in the THA, he will deliver a much more evenly balanced developmental program.
The Minority leader told the media: "In 2008, there was an increase in CEPEP workers, and increase in URP workers, an increase in the development programme, there was the introduction of the micro projects, it all started up about a year of so before the 2009 election. By less than a month after the election, there was a decrease in all of them. Do you think it's an election?" Jack also made reference to the 2005 election; he argued that a similar situation occurred. "Ask any Tobagonian, they will tell you election coming because the road paving. That is sad," Jack stressed.
Jack argued that in the haste to complete these projects, not enough care is being taken to manage the projects.
He promised that with a TOP administration, development would be even over a four year period rather than being involved in a rush to complete the projects.
Meanwhile, Mr. Jack the political leader of the TOP stated that copies of the 'Green Paper' for public consultation on reform issues are now available in Tobago at the Ministry's office and at a number of other public locations throughout the country.