Basseterre, St. Kitts, (February 13, 2016 )— Prime Minister Dr. Hon. Timothy Harris declared in an address to hundreds of Team Unity women to be patient because “Rome was not built in a day” and said that many things had been accomplished in one year and many more things will be accomplished as his Government advances the agenda of the people because ultimately “the people will judge the government for keeping its promises.” The statement was part of his address to Hundreds of women at the first Annual Women of UNITY “Woman 2 Woman” Conference which was held at the OOJJ’s center as part of the Team UNITY Government’s 1st Anniversary Celebrations .
PM Harris praised the strength and support of the Women of Unity and thanked the them for the crucial role they played in the success of Team UNITY at the polls a year ago. He said that the Women of Unity demonstrated their strength and support as prayer warriors and held many fun-raising activities to help with the election campaign. He particularly thanked the Women of Unity of Nevis who had journeyed across the Narrows for the occasion.
Dr. Harris went on to outline the achievements of his young tripartite government, some of which include the removal of the Value Added Tax (VAT) from food, medicine and funeral expenses, $16 million EC payout to disenfranchised former sugar workers, $25 million EC to Nevis in budgetary support and the ending of the shift system at the environmentally health plagued Basseterre High School (BHS) by building a temporary structure with plans of a new BHS in the near future.
He revealed plans by his government to improve the health system by reaching out and helping the mentally ill in constructing a mental health facility and the addition of an oncology center at the Joseph N. Framce Hospital. He also said that the Mary Charles Hospital in Molineux was under renovation so that it can deliver improved health care services to the people in its environs. He also said that the government will soon launch its housing programme.
Prime Minister Harris wrapped up his address by congratulating the Women of Unity for their strength and support and encouraged them to stay strong. He quoted from Psalm 133:1: “How good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters dwell together in unity.”
Prime Minister Harris listened to some of the concerns of the Women of Unity and promised to address them.
Deputy Prime Minister, the Honourable Shawn Richards, the
Honourable Ian Patches Liburd, the Honourable Wendy Phipps, the Honourable Lindsay Grant, the Honourable Eugene Hamilton, His Excellency Ambassador Sydney Osborne, His Excellency Ambassador Michael Oliver Powell, His Excellency Ambassador Sam Condor, His Excellency Ambassador Jonel Powell, Advisor in the Ministry of Youth Vernon Connor and the Honourable Hazel Brandy of the Concerned Citizens Movement were all in attendance.
Mrs. Kay Menon, Eugenie Condor and Honourable Hazel Brandy Co-Chaired the event. . The Constituency 7 Choir contributed songs in praise and worship and Lady Diva entertained the audience with her song “So far, So good.” However a special performance by Minister Ian Patches Liburd was certainly the highlight performance of the afternoon.