The St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) candidate for St. Christopher 5 (Sandy Point, Fig Tree and La Valle), Mr. Kenneth “Kenny” Douglas says more money and programmes are not sufficient to get St. Kitts and Nevis to the higher level that it can attain.
Minutes after getting the enthusiastic endorsement of his predecessor Dr. Norgen Wilson and the youths of the constituency among the hundreds assembled at the St. Kitts Echo Park on Sunday afternoon, the sports educator, coach and former diplomat called for an investment in young people to achieve the goals of the new generation.
“Each of us, in our own lives, will have to accept responsibility – for instilling a sense of achievement in our children, for adapting to a more competitive and robust economy, for strengthening our communities, and sharing some measure of sacrifice. So let us begin. Let us begin this hard work together. Let us transform this nation,” he said
Mr. Douglas, the former St. Kitts and Nevis Ambassador to the Republic of Cuba, resident in Havana said this generation must reshape the economy to compete in the digital age.
“Let us set high standards for our schools and give them the resources that they need to succeed. Let us raise a renewed army of teachers, doctors, nurses and policemen, and give them better pay and more support in exchange for more accountability. Let us make college more affordable, and let us invest in young people so that they will be scientific researchers to help open new frontiers of national development. And, let us make housing truly affordable and accessible for every Sandy Pointer and every resident of Fig Tree and La Vallee,” said Mr. Douglas.
He said this generation must end poverty in Sandy Point, Fig Tree and La Valle once and for all. Every single person willing to work should be able to get training that leads to employment, and earn a living wage that can pay the bills, and afford child care so that their children can have a safe place to go when parents go off to work.