Grenada Officials Speak At Brooklyn Public Forum
By Eric Goodman
Prime Minister Keith Mitchell and Foreign Minister Elvin Nimrod had nothing but good news to report concerning Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique as they spoke to a segment of Brooklyn’s Caribbean-American community in the packed auditorium at Medgar Evers College last Sunday evening.
"It is necessary to embark on a North American trip so that we might touch base with our Grenadian communities abroad," the Prime Minister said.
Foreign Minister Nimrod took time to point out that since the New Na-tional Party (NNP) took over in 1995, with Mitchell as its leader, the tri-state nation of Grenada, Carriacou and Pe-tite Martinique has experienced vast improvements in infrastructure, health care, foreign affairs and, most importantly, education.
Nimrod called the NNP a "government of compassion" and that will be free of the corruption that has become commonplace in many Caribbean na-tion governments.
"The NNP is Grenadian at heart and we look to uplift our people by way of government." Nimrod said.
According to Nimrod, the NNP has improved educational infrastructure as well as offering many scholarships so that the youth of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique can have access to a higher education.
The NNP, he claimed, has also near-ly tripled the number of elderly citizens who receive pension benefits since Mitchell has taken office. Whereas, be-fore, pension benefits were only available to a family after an elderly relative had died; now a retired Grenadian will receive their pension soon after they finish their last day on the job.
Healthcare has also been vastly improved as the NNP has recently established a maternity ward in Petite Martinique. People of Petite Martini-que had previously experienced trouble receiving adequate healthcare because most of the hospitals are on the mainland of Grenada, which is separated by a body of water. In addition, the NNP has also introduced the first fire department to the small island state.
"The main aspect of any government has to do with delivering services," Mitchell said. "We must view ourselves as your servants."