For a Prime Minister who was born in Tobago, Tobagonians are really suffering from problems on the sea bridge and air bridge.
Dr Keith Rowley turned up at the Magdelena Grand Beach Resort on Monday to talk with stakeholders about the problems, but after he left, the problems for the island remained.
President of the Inter- island Truckers and Traders Association, Horace Amede, said that the truckers are faced with numerous issues aboard the Cabo Star.
He added, “The Cabo Star is here, it came with a lot of problems and there are still a lot of problems.
“There are a lot of insects, the toilets not working and the air-condition not working. This is what we are faced with on a daily basis and it is hard for a human being to be living like that. When the boat docks and the bathroom isn’t working and you don’t have water, the first thing you want to do when you get to the Port is to go relieve yourself or to go get something.
“We could work along with some consultants to put things in place because this is our livelihood and Tobago depends heavily on a proper inter-island ferry. Several letters were sent to the Office of the Prime Minister as well as our Tobago representatives and we are not happy as no one responded to us.
“This will allow our members to get off the vessel in the morning and they would have a full day or at least six hours to do their jobs and get back on the port by 1pm and take the ferry back at 2 pm.”
Rowley responded, “I have heard your concerns with regards the Cabo Star and I am sure that management of the Port and the vessel owners can treat with that because those are management issues, but the vessel has the capacity to service the island. The time scheduling that you mentioned, I am sure that the Port’s handling of the matter will make the best arrangement, those are things that the management can address,” he responded.