Sunday, 08 February 2009 14:06
By Aisha Caleb-Browne
There will be no more bumpy or pothole riddled roads in the very near future, at least not for residents of the Belmont and Briggins areas according to the aspiring MP and United Progressive Party (UPP) candidate for the area, Senator Lenworth Johnson.
"I intend that when I am the duly elected representative to complete all the road works in Belmont and Briggins. You know I intend that Belmont, Briggins, Michaels Village, St. John's, all the little areas will be like a little city," Johnson said.
He was at the time on his platform addressing those who converged on the Belmont area Thursday night. Johnson was at the time also endorsed by Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer as the UPP's candidate of choice for the area.
The MP hopeful added that he will ensure that the basic amenities are provided for the people in the area as well as numbering the of each house and erecting street signs. While he acknowledged that he has only been a caretaker for the area for the past four and a half years, Johnson boasted of the many projects he has undertaken and seen to fruition.
Along those lines, he issued a scathing dare to the incumbent. "I challenge Cutie Benjamin to name one blasted thing he has done for the people of St. John's City South constituency. I throw out a challenge and I've been doing so for the last week or two."
New roads and water mains, the Oval Basketball Court, Belmont Community Center and School Meals Serving Center are among the "I did thats" of which Johnson bragged. Meantime, the country's PM too celebrated the accomplishments of Johnson thus far all the while emphasizing that they were executed under the leadership of the UPP.
"You can see what he has been able to accomplish with the help of his colleagues in the United Progressive Party, and the members of the private sector, to improve the situation in the constituency of St. John's City South. When you alsoconsider the work he has been doing in the Ministry of Finance…Lenworth Johnson has been playing a pivotal role in the transformation of Antigua and Barbuda," asserted PM Spencer.
As the lead up to the elections continues to heat up, the public can expect to hear more of what one party has done and what the other hasn't. So far, people are still waiting to hear the election date, which until now, has moved from the back pocket to the side pocket of the sitting Prime Minister , the Honorable Baldwin Spencer. In the mean time, challenges are being thrown, bribes, money and the like are being given, billboards, signs and posters continue to "litter" the communities while residents watch the preparations for what will certainly be a hotly contested election.