This was the declaration made by leader of the St. Kitts Nevis Labour Party and Prime Minister Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, at the Patsy Allers Playing Field following the Labour Day March (2nd May).
Dr. Douglas told the gathering that because the St. Kitts Nevis Party-led government cares about the people of St. Christopher and Nevis and their well-being, specific ministries in the government are currently consulting with a view to providing some relief to electricity consumers.
“I know that things are challenging and some of our people are hurting. I know in particular the electricity charges, but I say to you, we have not forgotten! We are presently negotiating between the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Utilities and we will do something very shortly that will bring some relief to the people of the country with regard to electricity charges. Labour Cares!”
He explained that, also because of a caring Labour government, the price of Liquid Petroleum Gasoline (LPG – cooking gas) has remained stationary.
“That is why we continue to say that despite the challenges with energy, the high cost of energy, because of the situation in North Africa and the Middle East, we will continue to hold the prices steady…You hear last night, in St. Lucia for example, 100 pound cylinder of cooking gas would cost you $260! What does it cost you here? $140…and they come from the same place. This is because, Labour cares! Labour holds the prices of certain products down as much as we can.”
Despite global economic challenges, Prime Minister Douglas explained, the Labour-led government has resolved to do what is necessary to ensure that the people of this land are prepared to face global changes.
“And we want to thank the government ministers, the Cabinet Ministers, who continue to serve and develop policies, policies which will ensure that we will not roll over and die because of the global challenges that we are facing today. NO! The Cabinet has declared, Labour will continue to fight and organize and reorganize to ensure that our people will survive and will be ready whenever the global changes take place.
That is why I know that things must get better, things are changing now, not only here in St. Kitts and Nevis, not only here in the region but all over the world. Things are challenging but here, because of our policies, every civil servant, get’s his money deposited in the banks here in St. Kitts and Nevis on time! In some countries around the Caribbean, they are still two months behind in getting their salaries….,” Dr. Douglas expressed.