Silas Wilson accuses Chastanet of misleading public on Clarke Street to Laborie Highway Road Project

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Silas Wilson accuses Chastanet of misleading public on Clarke Street to Laborie Highway Road Project
Silas Wilson, executive assistant to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport.
Silas Wilson, executive assistant to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport.

The statement below was issued by Silas Wilson, the executive assistant to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport.

During several local news telecast on Monday 23rd June 2014, leader of the United Workers Party made an untrue statement which suggested that the Government of St. Lucia through the Ministry of Infrastructure was wasting approximately six (6) million dollars to repave Clarke Street in Vieux Fort.

Allen Chastanet has developed the dubious distinction of deliberately misleading the nation, it is not at all surprising that Allen Chastanet would distort the contents of a contractual arrangement for which a formal signing ceremony view was held in full public view, and which was subsequently made public on all local news telecasts to score cheap political points.

Once again, the Minister of Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport wishes to reiterate the costs and scope of the Clarke Street to Laborie Highway Road Rehabilitation project.

1. On May 29th 2014, the Ministry signed a finance and build agreement with L Caribbean Construction Company Ltd. for a total of $6,207,173.05. The financing of this project attracts a 6% annual interest rate, and the period of repayment is six (6) years. The Contract was signed by the Ministry’s Deputy Permanent Secretary Mr. Ivor Daniel.

2. This project consists of two (2) components. The first component involves overlaying of Clarke Street, and this component will cost $803,038.57, and not the $6,000,000.00 as stated by Allen Chastanet.

3. The second component of this project which starts at the St. Judes Highway and ends at the Clarke Street Intersection entails complete rehabilitation, which includes milling, repaving, associated drainage and replacing four (4) major culvert crossings. Motorists who traverse this road have had to endure poor road conditions for quite some time. The second component will cost $5,404,134.48.

4. A total of 2.95 Km of road will be rehabilitated under this project. When this road project is compared with the Anse Ger to Desruisseaux road project which the previous government undertook, it brings into sharp focus the approach used in determining the costs of road projects undertaken by the previous government.

5. When interest payments are added, the Clarke Street to Laborie Highway road project will cost this country $2,451,127.86 per kilometre, while the Anse Ger Road Rehabilitation project has cost $3,678,399.34 per kilometre (more than $1.2 million over the Clarke street project). The Anse Ger Road Rehabilitation Project was completed two (2) years ago. At the time the contract was negotiated and the Anse Ger road was built, Allen Chastanet was a member of the Cabinet of Ministers.

6. This road is important to the economic development of the south west of St. Lucia. Allen Chastanets’ statements suggests that those persons are not worthy of good infrastructure, a clear manifestation of disdain and scorn for the people of the south.

The MIPST trusts that the public understands the issue and would not be sold on lies and misinformation.

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  1. Party hacks on both sides of the fence are crying for their dinner. Non is crying out for accountability. Once they get theirs, they don't give one iota about the rest. When one side is reaping the favors the other side is crying out loud. What is needed is fairness so everyone can benefit regardless of who is in power. We have accepted unaccountability from politicians for so long, it has become habit. We don't have to accept it that way.

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  2. SILOSS. I just hope you are prepared to jump behind the wheel of your Foden(truck), and to face the guys you neglect on the block in mopo. everytime the politions spit in your face you have mopo to run back to, but this time de fellas waiting for u.
    you traitor

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  3. The problems with politics and politicians in St.Lucia is ACCOUNTABILITY.Contracts being awarded to companies or firms not because they were vetted properly but mainly because they are affiliated with certain political parties.With so much scandal and corruption going on the island NOT ONE and must I say "NOT ONE" prime minister or any of his cabinet colleagues have been prosecuted for mismanagement of funds.Take a prime example of the UK there are many politicians who served a jailed sentence for fiddling their expenses and eventually had to give up politics.I wonder if this will ever happen in St.Lucia?The St.Lucian public MUST NOT ACCEPT the drivel politicians throw at them.Enough is enough.

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  4. So what was he misleading them about Silas?
    What was the amount of the contract?
    Pissing in our eyes

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  5. Do chastanet know what truth is? Did not a judge say he was not credible? What you expect?

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    • Not a shred of credibility left. The SLP, the whole party is just a bunch of shameless liars. Want to know if they are lying?

      Watch their mouths. If it moves! They are lying!

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  6. I want to know what methodology that Silas used to come to a conclusion that rehabilitation of a road in Anse Ger is the same as one in Clarke Street? Well Chastanet said that the road will cost $6 000 000. Is that fact that it is going to cost more than that a lie on the part of Chastanet? I cannot understand. Silas, there is a book called 'Plain English' i think you should go have a read because is either you have written something which is ambiguous or you definetly don't know what you are talking about. By the way where is the PS to this Department? Do we have a party mouthpiece who are paid by tax payers attached to every Ministry? No wonder we are in this state considering that the Government has collected over $200,000,000 in VAT last year. How was this money spent? Considering that few capital projects were undertaken and this money was not available to any government before?

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  7. SILAS!! You are being paid tax payers monies to be SLP PRO in the ministry of infrastructure So you are being paid as a labour party hack doing the party work with tax payer money. you all have a DPS in vieux fort doing nothing. a DPS in Castries, a PS in Castries plus SILAS. St. Lucian wake up. Chastnet is right, Clarke street for some is the whole project and yes it cost 6 million plus anyways.You all guys sicken me. Labour party a whole bunch of fools.

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  8. But doesn't the ministry already have its normal compliment of a paid permanent secretary, a paid deputy PS, a paid assistant PS and lots of other senior staff all of whom could have said exactly what Mr. Wilson has said. So why must tax payers bear Mr. Wilson's additional salary simply to say that and do all other work that the ministry's normal staff can do. Tax payers made to suffer again.

    By Mr. Wilson's approach it is obvious it is political comments and so the SLP should be funding his salary and not tax payers. Is this fiscal sense in these hard times when the government wants to cut the salaries of the very same civil servants Mr. Wilson is sitting next to at the ministry

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  9. Why not ask chastenet why his phone bills were up to $50,000 plus using the foundation money in Soufriere for his campaign plus an plus why not ask him for accountability as minister of tourism

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  10. St.Lucians you all are something else. I wonder whether you all read the articles, before you all criticise them.

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  11. Why must it be the hacks the likes of the Silas, Jadia and Claudius who must comment. Chastanet is not in government, he is not even an elected member of parliament. Are you that afraid of the man or are you afraid of being jobless when the SLP loses the next election. You guys are doing are terrific job of making the latter happen.

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  12. So what is your job essentially? What are you on the government payroll doing again? Is it to show errors in communication? Are you some part of this island's grand political circus and political theatre? Is that is all this government can do?

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  13. Why give the impression that the roads are poor. The roads are quite motor-able with no damage done to your vehicle. I will admit that it is not as good as the roads around it. In this difficult times in this country, this road could have lasted another 2-3 years. Let me get this clear in you little mind "ALL ROADS ARE IMPORTANT" Presently there are roads in St Lucia where an ambulance or a fire truck can't traverse.Yes most of these non-motorable roads are in the South. Isn't that sad?

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    • We have placed idiots into positions where we need MEN of PROVEN INTELLIGENCE. We are witnessing more and more friggin SLP idiot sheep bleating for their supper. Tell the dog to get the flock out.

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  14. What is the logic in comparing the VFort/Laborie highway project with the Anse Ger to Desruisseaux (AGD) road project? I know Vfort is a straight road and the AGD road meanders. AGD road hard lots of drain work and Vfort, just a culvert near the junction to repair. No comparison. After the 2011 election were have learnt not to be fooled anymore.

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    • Jackass politics: Those who dish it out and those who swallow it up like guppies. You must be out of your banana or sugar-cane cutting mind. Where a dunce cap. You would look more authentic.

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  15. Today Silus can talk because is people like him that putting the strain on the government pocket, jobs for the boys and the PM wants to take 5% well sorry. Send some your boys and girls away and you will see the difference Mr. PM.

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  16. Silas, you guys, who have made a mess with the country look for every pettiness to divert the attention of public from the mess that is happening in the country. It happened 7 days ago. I am now a supporter of Mr. Chastanet and I immediately heard the error. You know it was an error and not a lie and you want to instill into our minds that it was a lie. The construction of the roads was an issue in the media a whole week before and everyone know that the $6 million was cost for both roads. You guys must be made to learn that we are not stupid anymore.
    You need to tell the nation how many Jamaicans are working on that project apart from the project manager.

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