Chairman of the National Democratic Party (NDP) Myron Walwyn has issued what could be described as a bold rebuttal to district representatives — particularly those who sat in the parliamentary opposition for the last two terms — who have been claiming that the NDP government did not provide them with funding to represent their respective constituencies.
Speaking in the First Electoral District — a constituency that VIP leader Andrew Fahie has held since 1999 — Walwyn claimed each district representative receives at least $325,000 annually to improve their district.
“Over the last eight years, we have worked to ensure from a governance perspective that each district [receives] equal financial support to improve the physical structure or infrastructure of the districts, the development of the social programmes for young and old, and to improve the overall quality of life for residents. To do this end, each representative now receives $125,000 per year in their district allocations,” Walwyn said.
The NDP leader claimed each district also receives an addition annually budget of approximately $200,000 for district projects. This additional sum is budgeted through the Ministry of Communications & Works and does not include major capital projects, Walwyn said.
“Those funds are spent through consultation with the district representatives on which project to work on and who should receive those contracts to complete the work,” Walwyn explained.
He continued: “I have been hearing that some representatives have been saying that over the past eight years they haven’t gotten any money to support their districts. Ladies and gentlemen, I tell you tonight. That is false. Each one of them received in total at least $325,000 at their disposal.”
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