Opposition leader wants gov’t to come clean on Lambirds scandal

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Opposition leader wants gov’t to come clean on Lambirds scandal
Minister of Education Dr. Gale Rigobert.
Opposition Leader Dr. Gale Rigobert.

Leader of the Opposition Dr. Gale Rigobert is calling on government to provide some clarity with regards to the ongoing alleged human trafficking scam involving several foreigners.

Dr. Rigobert told the media today that she has met with the students and was able to interact with them on an individual basis.

She has come to understand that the students had paid in excess of US$16,000 to pursue studies with Lambirds Academy.

“We remain in the dark, still unaware of the many layers of interaction and the many questions that continue to loom…How really did we come to this point?” she questioned.

She said the government has showed “blatant disregard for its people, by failing to be transparent and answer the many questions the public has been asking.”

“Were the students indeed qualified to undertake the courses they were intending to pursue here and did Lambirds Academy met the requisite requirements by way of accreditation?” she questioned.

Most importantly, Dr. Rigobert said government must now explain to the nation, how the students “got them in this predicament”, especially since both the Ministry of Education and External Affairs were involved.

“Clearly somewhere along the line or some agency, did not do the requisite checks or were fooled into thinking that what they were the whole truth and nothing but the truth,” she added.

Dr. Rigobert has already expressed her disappointment with government’s move to have the students repatriated.

The opposition leader’s response comes almost one month after the Lambirds scandal was made public.

Education Minister Dr. Robert Lewis has said that he will no longer comment on the issue and claims that the media has blown the matter out of proportion, causing several damages.

The students have threatened to commit suicide if they are forced to return home without their money.

The group of foreigners – from Nepal and The Phillipines – claimed that they paid at least US$16,000 each to an agent from their region to secure a place at Lambirds Academy in Gros Islet, St. Lucia.

At the Academy, the prospective students were to be trained in hospitality management and promised employment in the United States of America after completing the one-year programme.

Four men have been arrested and charged with human trafficking in connection with the alleged scam.

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  1. It is a simple solution to this situation. Help the students retrieve their money send them home and call it a day! Why the complications????

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  2. You look ridiculous, grow some hair on your head and stop thinking of unimportant words some St Lucians don't understand and speak simple English. And even when you try to speak those words your mouth go in all different directions.

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  3. I don't know how this woman lectured at UWI. She talks so slow, she talk me into a coma just by listening to her on TV!

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  4. i am baffled by the level of ignorance of some of our politicians who have degrees. Why is it that everything involves politics? every time an issue arises is the government's fault? why are we so hellbent on causing division in the country? how can this country ever move forward? something about this case sound fishy. it just doesn't add up. then again our CID need to do some digging up or else this case will fall on death ears.

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  5. Follow the money I say, nothing to come clean about its a scam , do u know the meaning of SCAM.Maybe they are trying to scam the gov. again I say.follow the money trail

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  6. Dr. Rigobert, you are educated, we don't expect this from you. Stop playing politics and put your nations interest first. Look at all the comments here. Everybody is hating your politics. What difference does it make if the students are sent back now. They will get their money back anyway if the Judge finds Lambirds guilty. The students first gave interview to newspapers, they spent 8000 dollars, now you are saying today that they spent 16,000.00, why not 25000. Do they think that we will believe they sold lands and borrowed money to come here. SO WHAT WAS THEIR PLAN, STUDY HERE FOR A YEAR, GO TO THE U.S. WORK AND RETURN MONEY IN TEN YEARS. THEY HAD THAT SAVINGS. NOBODY WILL KILL THEM IF THEY GO BACK. ASK THEIR GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE THEM SECURITY. In Nepal India, people go to the U.S. and spend U.S.$200,000.00 for degrees. 8000 is nothing for them. You stop playing politics and damage our reputation.

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  7. We should all remember, what was the school administrators defense to the alleged offence, they said the police shut down the school. Let us see how this one plays out.

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  8. Some of us has to put our selves in others shoes we have sisters,brothers,children,friend come on Lucian's let's get the truth out and stop the SLP and uwp etc....

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  9. these guys should know from experience that they cannot sweep things under the carpet! we must deal with matters as they arise with the proper attitude and confidence! these politician have a culture of incompetence, not being able to finish what they start !leave the job for a next guy then we get deeper in shit!

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  10. Now Gale stop trying to hang on to strews, stick to something and stay the course. What is there to come clean about?

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  11. your current title was won because
    SUPPOSEDLY
    Hon King cared for all St lucians by responding to a respectful call from the current govt as to the post disaster efforts of a will of God natural disater.
    For dat you were given his job. So now you want to bamboozle our tax dollars and global respect by pinning the tail of a donkey scam on us -not the foreign governments of these victims.
    Smart ass perhaps but clever awa

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  12. Politics is like playing DOMINO when in opposition toot ko eu tun bo a domino getting to stick with hope of a win to gain points

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  13. The issuance of permits to LAME BIRD
    or visas to student does not constitute a CONTRACT between gov and scam artists and ripped off students
    Stoop peddling emotional patat to pass for kentucky french fries
    go chase an ambulance on de chausee

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  14. can we focus on the impac report , seems like all you'll politicians take mumu pills..........smfh

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