“Why do I want to be here for a sixth term? It is because we have done some considerable work and plan to complete even more. We have in our plans, significant work to be on the Southern Coastal Highway that will see the trip from Downtown to Morant Bay taking half an hour. The design work is completed and the minister says it will be a reality under a PNP government,” said the 22-year incumbent MP to thousands of cheering PNP supporters on Sunday night (November 29, 2015).
“We are going to make the Rudolph Elders Park into our Emancipation Park. We want to build a central sewerage system for Morant Bay as the town has grown significantly and we need a proper system to dispose of the waste,” said Ferguson.
He noted that during his tenure as MP he had been instrumental in the development of housing solutions for many residents including over 400 housing solutions for sugar workers, a first for St. Thomas.
“Education for me is priority number one, priority number two and priority number three,” said Ferguson who noted that 22 years ago one could count on one hand the number of professionals coming from the constituency, as opposed to the hundreds now. He said he had always been an advocate for education and had encouraged and supported many persons in that regard over the years.
He mentioned the development of the Paul Bogle High School, numerous of basic schools, and other educational infrastructure: “Did we have a Paul Bogle High School before me?” asked Ferguson to loud chants of “NO” from the massive crowd.
Declaring that all politics is local, Ferguson hit back at the JLP for “inventing” a number of the things they claim the veteran MP has neglected.
“The man from Clarendon (Mike Henry, former Works Minister) is saying that he left money to fix the ‘bruk out’ at Dumfries. That’s a lie, as he couldn’t leave money for something that never happen then… and the $402 million bridge at Yallahs… it was I as the then Minister of State in Transport and Works, that started that bridge, the money was there to do that bridge before we left office,” so if they trying to own that, it’s another lie.
But it was his record in improving health facilities in the constituency that elicited the most cheers for the former Health Minister. “We have spent $161 million fixing up health facilities in St. Thomas. Remember it was the Labourites that shut down Issac Barrant when they were in government, now the PNP has reopened and refurbished it and it is now a centre of excellence, one of four across the island,” said Ferguson
He noted that a contract had recently been signed for $143 million to improve Princess Margaret hospital to improve the Accident and Emergency wing, build a modern administrative section and a canteen for the staff.
“How can that ever be regarded as failure?” said Ferguson, noting that his detractors should consider his record before trying to mislead.
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