Basseterre, St. Kitts (CUOPM) – Friday 21st March 2014, the Prime Minister of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis , the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, celebrates 25 years as the Parliamentary Representative for St. Christopher Six (Newton Ground to Harris’).
The five-term Member of the National Assembly was first elected on March 21st 1989 and has been re-elected in general elections held in 1993, 1995, 2000, 2004, 2006 and 2010. This May, Dr. Douglas is also celebrating 25 years as the National Political Leader of the governing St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party and in July, 19 years as Prime Minister.
In saluting 25 years of his sterling stewardship to the residents of Constituency 6 and the people of the Nation, the Silver Jubilee Planning Committee is crediting the St. Paul’s born medical practitioner for ensuring the construction of pre-schools and day care centers in Newton Ground, St. Paul’s, Dieppe Bay and Saddlers; the expansion of clinics in St. Paul’s, Dieppe Bay and Saddlers; construction of community centers in Newton Ground and St. Paul’s, expansion of primary schools in Newton Ground, St. Paul’s, Dieppe Bay and Saddlers and construction and expansion of sporting facilities in Newton Ground, St. Paul’s, Dieppe Bay, Parsons and Saddlers as well as the new Secondary School in Saddlers.
Hundreds of lots of land and homes have been allocated constituency wide and roads and other essential utilities and facilities including the new Dieppe Bay Police Station, the Robert L. Bradshaw Memorial Park and the Co-ed Rehabiliation Center.
Hundreds in the constituency have also benefited from scholarships to pursue education at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels.
Nationally, Prime Minister Douglas has also revolutionized land ownership and homeownership.
Since taking office as Prime Minister in July 1995, nearly 13,000 lots of land have been allocated to persons across St. Kitts and over 4,000 homes constructed under several government-sponsored and financed housing schemes.
Under his sterling stewardship, the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party Government has also expanded universal pre-school, primary and secondary education, introduction of affordable and accessible tertiary level education and transformed the twin-island Federation from an agriculture bias to a mixed economy, led by financial, tourism and hospitality, non-sugar agriculture and medical services.
Prime Minister Douglas has also presided over the modernisation of affordable primary and secondary healthcare services, liberalized telecommunication services not only in St. Kitts and Nevis, but in the entire Eastern Caribbean.
Dr. Douglas and his government have also championed technological infrastructure and mandated a computer for every home in St. Kitts and Nevis.
The rapid expansion of a growing entrepreneurial sector and the establishment of St. Kitts and Nevis to world recognition and its reputation as a desirable place to live, vacation and do business, can also be credited to the Prime Minister’s stewardship in his 19 years at the helm.
“We salute our World Leader & Steward for his dedication not only to the residents of Constituency 6 (Harris’ to Newton Ground) and the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, but also to the OECS, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Commonwealth and the United Nations for his 25 Years of Sterling Stewardship,” said the Committee.