Frederick calls on PM to explain how citizenship money has been used

By Melanius Alphonse, Caribbean News Now associate editor

(CARIBBEAN NEWS NOW) — Former Cabinet minister, Richard Frederick, has called on Saint Lucia’s prime minister, Allen Chastanet, to explain why not a single project has been executed under the country’s citizenship by investment programme (CIP), now well into its third year of operation.

“We have not executed one single project, not one with CIP funds… somebody name me a project that we have executed or we have implemented or is being implemented using CIP funds… not one,” Frederick said on his weekly show on local television.

In contrasting how such funds have been used in Dominica for the benefit of the population as a whole, Frederick drew extensively from a recent article by Caribbean News Now reporting that the first CIP-financed public housing project in Dominica is nearing completion.

“Have a look at this story folks, it’s right here, let me read excerpts of it very quickly,” Frederick said, reading parts of the article verbatim:

The innovative project in Dominica to provide affordable houses in Bellevue Chopin to house displaced residents of Petite Savanne following Tropical Storm Erika, which has been financed through the country’s citizenship by investment programme (CIP), is on track for the handover of the first completed units at the end of next month.

“This unique and highly successful project illustrates the social benefits that can accrue to the public at large from Dominica’s economic citizenship programme, especially in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria last year and Tropical Storm Erika in 2015,” said project developer, Dr Anthony Haiden, chairman of citizenship consultants Montreal Management Consultants Est (MMCE) Ltd.

The project commenced in January 2017 but prevented from delivering the first 201 housing units in January 2018 as planned, due to the passage of Hurricane Maria on September 18, 2017.

Haiden said that, in planning this project, MMCE paid careful attention to the vulnerabilities of Dominica to weather events and employed suitable technology and best practice in the construction of the new community. For this reason, the project suffered no physical impact as a result of Hurricane Maria.

Since then, construction activities have been fully resumed with the return of the international contractor’s full workforce, although they are still planning to increase their labour on site by an additional 25 percent above that prior to the hurricane within the next few days, bringing the workforce to some 400, including locals.

Approximately 80 percent of the concrete structures are now completed and roofing and interior fitting out is underway. The project is on target to commence handing over the first residences on August 31, 2018.

It is anticipated that over an eight-week period commencing August 31, 91 residential units will be handed over.

A further 102 residences will be handed over commencing late December 2018 and the remaining units in March 2019.

“Folks, you all heard this, are you all listening, are you all hearing this? This is exactly why the Caribbean countries initiated or implemented the economic citizenship programmes, that is exactly why, that is why they initiated it. So, the whole objective of the exercise was to make very much needed money to improve the lives of the citizens of the various countries; that is why it was implemented in the first place. This we just saw in Dominica,” Frederick continued.

He also noted that, in St Kitts and Nevis, CIP money has been used to fund schools, to fund highways, even to give salary increases and pay bonuses to civil servants at Christmas.

“That is what the money is supposed to be used for, but what do we do with ours in Saint Lucia? Somebody tell me; tell me what do we do with ours in Saint Lucia, I want to know… ask Allen Chastanet,” Frederick concluded.

CLICK HERE TO READ FULL STORY

(13)(10)
This article was posted in its entirety as received by stlucianewsonline.com. This media house does not correct any spelling or grammatical error within press releases and commentaries. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of stlucianewsonline.com, its sponsors or advertisers.

10 comments

  1. The IGNORANCE FROM THE UWP HACKS IS RIFE HERE....NO WONDER CHASTANET CALL YALL BRAYING JACKASSES>

    (4)(8)
  2. Advertisement
  3. I always knew this guy was not a smart fella. That release is a piece of crap. CIP money is government money and the government do whatever it finds necessary to do with this money to benefit the people. Why do you think we have to follow Dominica. Now I know Caribbean News Now always have "Fake News"

    (8)(10)
  4. Advertisement
  5. some of you guys are actually arguing that the government should not use the money collected from CIP on projects for the country. PUT COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY!

    (11)(2)
  6. Advertisement
  7. Who the hell is that no body and has been think he is to question the Prime Minister? Please step aside you are a ranting imbecile. Wow! Well that 's a special kind of stupid you got going on there, let me tell you BOY the Prime Minister owe you jack.

    (14)(16)
    • Stop thinking like a hack but a st lucian..and maybe then you would understand why these questions are being asked...smh...

      (15)(10)
    • Overdosed on yellow Kool-Aid. Brain is numb.
      Medication: The Castries Central Library.

      (9)(7)
    • Me you are one of Chastanet jackass you are so stupid your brain is numb it's made out of caca calbass people like you should just jump in a deep hole you fool and never return

      (0)(1)
  8. Advertisement
  9. Has a law been broken by not doing this? Was there a stipulated timeframe embedded within the enabling legislation for the commencement, or the execution of projects with capital flowing from CIP activity?

    If not, that does not at all clear the UWP. Nor does that criminalize their behaviour. Has the rule of law been broken? Pray tell.

    (6)(15)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.