SLP still in the dark about OJO Labs: Pierre

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Prime Minister Allen Chastanet (right) during a visit at OJO Labs in August 2018.

(SNO) — More than a year after establishing roots in Saint Lucia the artificial intelligence and call centre entity known simply as OJO Labs is still a thorn in the side of the main opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP).

Opposition Leader Philip J, Pierre, at his press conference yesterday (Oct. 2), said his party is still in the dark about OJO Labs and still has questions it needs answers for, regarding the company.

OJO Labs had partnered with the government to provide employment and training to young people in the south of the island in the areas of artificial intelligence.

The company is primarily a call centre but will be training about 200 young people in the branch of computer science known as artificial intelligence.

According to Pierre, his party wants to know how exactly taxpayers’ money is disbursed at OJO Labs, claiming that it was important to know.

“We want to find out from the Minister of Finance who bought the NIC bonds. We still need to find out how much money is disbursed at OJO Labs. What are the exact amounts, not estimates” Pierre said.

“How much is paid to wages, how much is paid to salaries, how much is paid for rent, how much is paid for utilities? I am such that the numerous small businessmen in the country want to know that because they have problems in their rent, they have problems in their wages, but having said so I’m still not sure what is happening at OJO labs. We have never been invited; as usual we’ve been kept out of that,” Pierre said.

He reiterated that his party’s biggest concern is how taxpayers’ monies are being disbursed at OJO labs.

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11 comments

  1. SLP should also wake up to realize that it is still in the dark about how to honestly frame multi-national agreements especially those dealing with land and property. Look at the history.

    SLP membership is not made up of too many smart people who have the capacity to learn from their mistakes. Frenwell.They lost $48 million.

    Black Bay Lands. They gave away $86 million. They boast of degrees and degrees. They showed no legal acumen. No native expertise.

    GRYNBERG. They hid that from the public in supreme confidence, just to lose $150 million. Did somebody say "smart-ass politics"?

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  2. Phillip J Pierre you want to know this you want to know that. I thinks it's time you learn to keep your mouth shut. Y'all people are too petty and ridiculous. Jobs were created for hundreds of persons. Would you have preferred to see all these people just sitting g around doing nothing? Every year thousands of teenagers graduate from school and have no jobs. They're just in the yard so why can't you appreciate the fact that jobs were created to help the unemployment issue?

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  3. Phillip J Pierre you want to know this you want to know that. I thinks it's time you learn to keep your ass shut. Y'all people are too petty and ridiculous. Jobs were created for hundreds of persons. Would you have preferred to see all these people just sitting g around doing nothing? Every year thousands of teenagers graduate from school and have no jobs. They're just in the yard so why can't you appreciate the fact that jobs were created to help the unemployment issue?

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  4. oJo LABS. I AM FROM THE SOUTH AND DO NOT KNOW MUCH ABOUT IT. I DONT EVEN KNOW WHERE IS IT LOCATED. also I BELIEVE THAT CERTYAIN INDIVIDUALS are chosen or is it a set priority. I don't believe that people with cxc"s are needed there. If it is to create employment then I wonder for which sets of people. Wake up st>Lucian and smell the coffee. many of those companies that are being set up are not for our benefits but for the benefits of the friends of the P.m who played a major role in the election campaign. We need to find out where they are not ithe investors using foreign companies'

    Also I am still waiting for ching ching in my pocket. Our country is going down and if we have to wait for ching ching then we never will get it. I am not supporting any party but I believe we had ching ching in our pockets when slp was in power but now we are struggling to have a penny to stay in our wallets. I am one that cannot wait for god to allow that 5 years to go buy quickly and deliever us. U,w,p did not have to win the election but god deliberately put us to the test. Let us now pray st,lucians for patience and the strength to endure each day.

    Peace and Love

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  5. I am no supporter of the SLP. But I do have concerns about tax payers money being made to fund artificial intelligence that our own people do not understand. And neither does Chastanet. Such companies are always on the look out for gullible Third World governments like those in the Caribbean which they can use given that they lack adequate laws and oversight pertaining to these types of unfamiliar operations. These companies will also seek to deliberately con a government into giving them funds on the pretext of providing jobs. Tell me, what nation has ever truly developed from call center jobs? None! Zilch! Zero! Always recall; if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. I am very concerned about Chastanet's hastiness in many of those deals without adequate planning and thorough vetting and reviews.

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  6. Weren’t you concern that season employees at certain establishments were being sent home and replaced with NICE workers paid for fully by tax payers money? We can see why HTS is giving TRUE VALUE to SLP

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  7. We are still in the dark about the Bois Dorange bridge Pierre...

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  8. Pierre if you do not know let me tell. You bloody liar. They system used is a system initiated by the SLP government. It was called NICE. It is a system whereby the government worked with the private sector to create JOB. For a stipulated period the private sector would agree to employ someone. During that stipulated period government would pay half of the employee's salary and the employer would pay the other. At the end of that period the employer would start paying the full salary. The problem with the SLP is that they made a mess with the NICE program. In some instances government paid the full salary for people working in the private sector. There were cases where the government created jobs for their people in the government service under NICE. So PIP stop playing the fool.

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  9. We are all still in the dark about Grynberg and Juffali! I think we know a lot more about OJO as many Southerners (BIG UP SALTIBUS) work there!

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    • The lone wolf on Grynberg cry us a river. Pierre there are bigger fish to fry you know what's in the pipeline.

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      • This harebrained expense will be wrapped around the necks of the SLP for years to come. There is something called the Internet. Country bucks cannot fathom what this is even today.

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