Tobago House of Assembly Chief Secretary Kelvin Charles has agreed to give the Spiritual Baptists in Tobago technical support to complete the multi-million dollar project on their lands at Signal Hill.
A state of the art multi-purpose education complex is expected to be built on the grounds. The preparation of the site and initial phase of the project was completed to the tune of $1.8 million. However, due to internal wrangling between the different factions of Baptists on the island, the project has run into financial problems and has since stalled.
Speaking at Spiritual Baptists Liberation Day celebrations at the Gardenside Car park last Friday, Charles said he was concerned about the progress of the building.
He said through the Executive Council, there will be some collaboration to ensure the building is completed.
“I have given the permission to hold a conversation with one of my secretaries in respect of provision of certain technical assistance, so that the challenge is slightly different in that it is together that we will build that facility,” Charles told the gathering.
“As part of ensuring that happens, is first of all I will have to get a certain kind of cooperation and cohesiveness among those of us who are this time may be a little disturbed. I recognise that and I want to mend that, because I am saying let us do this together.”
Charles also revealed he has made good on his promise to form an Ecclesiastical Affairs Unit within the Office of Chief Secretary to assist faith-based organisations in Tobago.
“I can tell you that the Executive Council has indeed approved the establishment of that unit and that before long, that unit would be up and running and that unit would be collaborating with all the faith-based organisations as we seek to generate the kind of support required for you to play the role you ought to play in the development of this society,” he said.
Spiritual Baptists Liberation Day celebrations in Tobago saw reduced numbers of attendees, as well as a drastically scaled down event.
This year’s event was held on Good Friday and the 14 Stations of the Cross were recognised during their annual procession through the streets of Scarborough.