One of the PDP’s missions, once they are voted in as the new Tobago House of Assembly, is to drive the cost of land down. This is according to the PDP Political Leader Watson Duke who explained the party’s land plan initiative.
Giving his contribution at the party’s virtual campaign meeting on Wednesday, Mr. Duke said that the PDP understands the economic crisis in Tobago. “A land plan where all Tobagonians will have access to land, and land at a reduced cost,” Mr. Duke said as he lamented one of the PNM’s land acquisition moves in Tobago.
“We will be taking state lands and we’ll be developing them into plot sizes, into every community, all over Tobago,” the Political Leader stated.
He warned of the PNM administration distributing lands to who he described as “friends” and drew reference to land arrangements in Sou Sou Lands and Signal Hill projects.
THA Chief Secretary aspirant, Farley Augustine said that his team is all about accountability as he questioned who the PNM would have given contracts to build agricultural access roads on the island.
Mr. Augustine called for the full list of contractors to be published as he claimed that only a few contractors are repeatedly given contracts.
“These contractors just want the best for Tobago and if you have nothing to hide, publish the entire list of contracts that you gave contracts to build agricultural roads,” said the PDP Deputy Political Leader.
As the Progressive Democratic Patriots prepare for the Dec 6th THA election with food security high on the agenda, Mr. Augustine recognized the importance of doubling down on agricultural crops with a competitive advantage in order for Tobago to be the food basket of the Caribbean.