Fix Bus Terminus
After astronomical cost overruns, long delays and accusations of removal of materials from the compound, the long awaited Tobago Hospital seems ready to begin limited operation. In real time, what has happened with taxpayers' dollars in the construction of the Tobago Hospital is scandalous to put it mildly. Surely we are relieved that at last we will be seeing the institution coming on stream.
The new Tobago hospital is one of a number of major of projects which have taken far too long to be completed. We do hope that more prompt and sustained action will be taken to ensure that Tobagonians get the benefit of these facilities.
With the ribbon soon to be cut for the much anticipated hospital, attention must now be focused on the other outstanding projects in Tobago. The Scarborough library for example is essential for the academic and intellectual development of the people.
Scarborough which is the capital of Tobago has been without a library for more than 12 years. In the past, it was the Scarborough Library which served as an institution to facilitate students preparing for exams and to contribute to the knowledge of the general public. While we recognize initiatives to have smaller libraries in communities and schools, those in authority must take responsibility for denying the people of Tobago, this vital facility.
The authorities must take full responsibility for this debacle and those responsible for this wanton waste of taxpayers' dollars must be made to answer and pay for this grave injustice to the people of Tobago.
We must also make mention of the non-construction of the Bus Terminus. The reality is that many Tobagonians still use the bus service, particularly rural residents, students and elders.
At present, the Bus Terminus provides no shelter from the sun or rain at this temporary bus station. The present facility is also proving inadequate for parking the number of busses assigned to the island. It is even more vexing when we hear of millions of dollars being spent in other areas of less importance.
We again, emphasise to the authorities in Tobago to ensure that the people they represent get the facilities they deserve.