Former St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party parliamentarian for St Christopher 8, Mr Cedric Liburd has debunked a statement by current Member of Parliament, Hon Eugene Hamilton that nothing was done to deal with the water problem in that community during his tenure from 1995 to 2010.
In an interview with Andre Huie, Hamilton in a failed effort to escape being blamed for the current water problem residents of Cayon and Keys are experiencing on a daily basis, said “there has been a water problem for over thirty (30) years or twenty (20) years or more, (and) nothing was done.”
Mr Liburd in response to Hamilton’s statement noted that prior to the 1980 general elections, then St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party MP, Hon Fitzroy Bryant started the upgrading of the water supply in Cayon.
“The Hon. Sydney Morris, who succeeded Bryant following the 1980 election and as part of the PAM government spent fifteen (15) years in office and did nothing to improve the water situation in Cayon and Keys,” said Liburd, who was elected Parliamentary Representative in July 1995.
“As a member of the Labour Cabinet I set about to work on behalf of the people in all of the areas that comprised the constituency of St Christopher 8 that I served until February 2010. Specifically in the area of adequate drinking water, a water storage facility was commissioned with the construction of a 200,000 gallon reservoir at Green Hill in Cayon to serve residents in Cayon and Keys, Wells were also dug in the area to yield additional water,” said Liburd.
Cayon he added was not left out in the areas on infrastructure and community development as a brand new Community Centre for the residents of Cayon was built, new roads constructed and upgraded and alleyways paved in St. Mary’s Terrace, Upper Cayon, Spooner’s, Cunningham Village, Cunningham Extension, Lovers Lane, Hermitage Village, and Hermitage Extension.
“Under my stewardship, the Cayon Post Office was relocated and upgraded to provide new services including the provision of letter boxes on the ground floor of the Community Centre. The Labour Government also backfilled the Hermitage ghaut and build roads to protect the residents in the area,” said Liburd.