It was heartening to listen to the Minister of Rural Development and Local Government as he piloted the Local Government Reform Bill in Parliament recently. That bill, he stated, is intended to promote the sustainable development of local communities via the use of local small and medium-sized contractors.

The various regional corporations are expected to seek to ensure the use of such contractors in their issue of contracts. This, if followed and monitored by the authorities, will foster the “right” of the community to localised or grassroots content.

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On this the 43rd anniversary of Trinidad and Tobago becoming a Republic and just coming from celebrating 57 years of Independence nothing has changed but to thank the Father of the Nation Dr Eric Williams for giving us as a nation true Independence.

We must congratulate the Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) on its submission of the winning bid for the purchase of the Pointe-a-Pierre refinery at a cost of some US$700 million.