The main opposition New Democratic Party says that advertisement to recruit management staff for the Argyle International Airport is expected to trick voters.
The state-owned International Airport Development Company said last week that the long-delayed airport, which has missed construction deadlines annually since 2011, will be completed this year.
The company has published, in some elements of the media, advertisement to recruit staff for two state firms that will manage the airport.
Head of the IADC, Rudolph “Rudy” Matthias told the media on Thursday that the government wants to have the management team for the airport in place by November, to help to put systems in place to have the airport ready for operations before year-end.
But NDP Vice-President and MP For the Northern Grenadines, Godwin Friday said on Saturday that the advertisements are a trick.
“I wonder if them people really see the airport, what condition it in? Who are they fooling? Who are they fooling? You want to tell me, you pass by here everyday. No lights on the runway, the Yambou River they ain’t span it yet, they ain’t fix the sea defenses and they advertising for jobs in November,”Friday told an NDP rally in Langley Park.
“But you know it is a trick because what they want to do, they want to give you the impression that they finishing the airport before they call the election.
“But that is a lie and anybody who tells you that is a liar and they are going to try to make fools of us and we must not allow them to do it,” Friday told the event held to launch the NDP’s Youth Empowerment programme for North Windward.
Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves has said that he will call general elections this year, ahead of the March 2016 constitutional deadline.
“We mustn’t allow people to make fools of us. If you come to me and you say, ‘I miss the target date again, I can’t do it’, I might chastise you, but at least I will say you are telling the truth.
“But don’t come to me with a lie. And what they are saying that they are going to fly a plane in here sometime in November, which is probably what they would do, they could fly a plane in there now.
“That don’t (sic) mean the airport finish. So don’t let them make fools of us to tell us that airport going finish in November 2015. Nobody, no serious person believes that.
“And if the ULP acolytes want to take that and swallow it, well that is for them. But for us, thinking people, for people in the New Democratic Party and people throughout this country who think about things before they make decision, they will know that they telling them a lie,” Friday said.
Construction of the EC$700 million airport began seven years ago.
Matthias said last week that the airport will become operational by year-end, but said that some work will remain even after this phase.
“… there will be some things going on out there. As everybody knows, there is no project that is ever finished. There is always something to be done after,” he told reporters.