Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition Jamale Pringle has revealed that development within his constituency of All Saints East and St Luke has been moving slowly due to financial constraints.
Pringle – the only candidate for the opposition United Progressive Party (UPP) to won his seat during the 2018 general elections – was a guest on the OBSERVER AM yesterday.
He said as a consequence of his party not holding the reins of government, there is not much he can do because State finances are not being allocated to him.
“Progress is moving slowly, as you are aware in terms of when you are in opposition. I mean there are so many things to do that even with the little that you do it’s like you are doing nothing. But under the circumstances, with the constraints, it is difficult getting these things done.”
Pringle made special mention of his intent to tackle the unemployment level and lack of education of youth in his constituency.
“You have to try and get our young people focused, because the situations we are facing in Antigua today, it’s one that every person should be concerned about. We have to make sure we have the information available to reach them so they can be aware of what is happening in the country. We are coming up with new strategies to get them more involved in the development of the area and the country.
“The unemployment level is still high. The business sector is not moving so what has been happening is that the government is absorbing anybody that they can which is putting a heavy burden on us. What the youths need to do is to be creative and start creating their own employment,” the Leader of the Opposition said.
Although it could not be confirmed if Pringle requested government’s involvement to embark on specific projects in All Saints East and St Luke, the MP however made a plea on the show for the government to allocate and disburse the state’s resources fairly.