The NDP promises to rebuild the Ottley Hall Marina facility after years of neglect and deterioration under the present ULP administration.
Opposition leader Hon Godwin Friday lamented the preoccupation of the ULP administration with seeking to tarnish the image of the then James Mitchell led administration rather than do all that is necessary to make the project work for Vincentians especially in the area of job creation.
He said that everyone should take a trip to the marina to see what bad governance, and a spiteful government looks like.
Party leader Dr Hon. Godwin Friday was speaking on the NDP Monday Night Live programme. He said:
“I give you this commitment that under the New Democratic Party in government we will find the money because the government is broke now, we will find investors, we will find a way to complete the project because I do believe it has a tremendous potential for jobs and also to bring revenue for the government”.
The multimillion dollars facility Friday said is in a state of disrepair. “It is rusted and rotted and everything looks as though as if someone just picked up and left”.
The NDP believes that there are opportunities for skilled jobs including those graduating from the technical college. He expects over 100 Vincentians to benefit directly while more jobs will be created through a spinoff effect.
He boasted that under the NDP, “you will see Ottley Hall [marina] as a thriving facility that is generating income for this country because the business is there already”.
“There is enough business internally to make Ottley Hall viable. We are a maritime country, we have the capacity to make this thing work vey well.”
“Right now because it mash up so bad, its gonna take a lot of money to bring it back… take my word for it, we will do it. We will bring it back to function how it was intended and even better because we have learnt a lot.”
The Unity Labour Party in 2015 said:
“The issue– There can be no doubt that the failed Ottley Hall project, coupled with the Union Island Marina, represents the worst examples of good governance in St. Vincent and the Grenadines”.
The party position went on:
“It was a case of the squandering of scarce financial resources by the NDP administration at a time when our education system was in a state of malaise, the level of poverty was high, the banana industry was in a state of decline, the country was experiencing a shortage of nurses, and we were on the black list of several international institutions”.
Fast forward 15 years later, the New Democratic Party (NDP) is criticising the governing ULP administration for its failure to put life into the project.