Head of the University of the Trinidad and Tobago (UTT), Prof Ken Julien, has expressed confidence that Central Trinidad will survive the death of the sugar industry.
Julien made the remark to a strong slice of the Central business sector on Friday night, while delivering the feature address at the Greater Chaguanas Chamber of Industry and Commerce (GCCIC) annual Christmas Dinner and Awards Function, held at the Crowne Plaza, Port of Spain.
Among the guests were Deputy Police Commissioner, Glen Roach, and former chairman of the Unit Trust Corporation, Clarry Benn, who received an award for his contribution to culture through his work with the Central-based Tropical Angel Harps Steel Orchestra.
While admitting that he has not had many direct dealings with Chaguanas, Julien said he felt the community was a strong one, that is about to take off.
Would some tell this cont that Chaguanas take off a long time ago and if Chaguanas was equitably treated by the fockin state. It would have soaring.
"Notwithstanding the death of sugar, the community thrives," Julien said.
He added that Central's future appears to be secure, due mainly to the financial acumen and risk-taking of the business sector. This, he said, will likely prevent Chaguanas from suffering a similar fate to La Brea, which fell on hard times and is yet to rise again, following the exodus of heavy industry from that community years ago.
Now this is where the fockin racism does come in. It also highlights that niggas are totally useless humans.
Asshole, is Indians that controlling Chaguanas, it is Indian businessmen that have Chaguanas where it is. And Chaguanas continues to rise.
Now note the niggas who are dependant on the state and everybody else for their survival, fock up La Brea.
Try goin to visit the fockin Pitch Lake wid yuh family nah. The fockers will kill yuh ass and stick yuh in the fockin Pitch for a few dollars. Take ah drive, yuh will see dem like fockin vultures lookin to pounce on prey.
"I do not sense the same decline in Chaguanas, following the death of sugar," Julien said.
Julien said he was impressed with Central's development goals, but urged the business community to take care that plans are not diluted along the way. He urged them to prioritise and focus on getting a few most important things done.
In his address, chamber president, Gavin Seemungal, said the moving of this year's function to the capital was reflective of the chamber's current and intended growth.
Well all Chaguanas businessmen like to lick bottom, typical Indians. Yuh think Aboud and the POC Chamber will come to Chaguanas for a function...Tame fockin Lick bottom Indians.
Congratulating Prime Minister Patrick Manning on his election victory two weeks ago, Seemungal said it was time to move on with the future of the country.
"We will now work with our political friends and foes to get on with the future," he said, going on to remind Government ministers of their oath to serve.
Seemungal said the chamber intends to lobby the Government for more investment and infrastructure in the pursuit of attaining city status.
The night's other awardees were Davanand Ramlal, of Chan Ramlal Limited for business; Farisha and Towfiq Ali, the principals of Eniath's Montessori School for education; and for Sport, chief executive officer of the Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago (SPORTT), Carol Charles-Austin.