by Kevon Browne
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): During this political season already saturated with the campaigning efforts of local political parties and the official opening of constituency offices, Stachio Williams of Sandy Point has a different view of his community hub.
The community activist, local business owner and the recently launched Peoples Labour Party Candidate for Constituency No. 5 has plans to open a “Vision Centre” in his constituency on June 28.
Why a vision centre instead of a constituency office?
The PLP candidate indicated his desire to create a space that reflects the plan for that constituency where constituents can access information on that plan.
“One of the reasons why we are struggling in my particular constituency is that there has been no plan, there’s been no long-term plan or vision for the development of Sandy Point, Fig Tree and the Valley. So I start by putting down a “Vision Centre”, a new brand of development within Sandy Point where the vision, the long-term plan, will be on display for all to see transparently at the “Vision Centre”, said Williams during an interview on WINN’S Island Tea with Azem Bailey and Jade Johnson on June 22.
The plan outlines Williams’s desire to create business incubators in constituency No. 5 starting early with students still in Primary School.
“We are going to start at the Primary School level, where we identify talents and skills within individuals very early on and channel them into a parallel program that will help to hone those skills and provide them with managerial support; how to create a business plan and how to shape those ideas very early on… If they’re able to develop their business acumen early, start at the age of 10 years old, even earlier and establish businesses.”
According to Williams, the centre will be equipped with staff ready to assist members of the community with their business ideas through mentorships, managerial, legal and financial support to help start various businesses to build out the entrepreneurial sector, a sector he sees as necessary to increase as an entrepreneur himself.
Williams wants to revive certain aspects of his constituency that he suggests have fallen by the wayside, and that could be used to revitalise the once-thriving economic sector of Sandy Point in his constituency.
“Sandy Point was the largest town outside of Basseterre. The people didn’t have to leave. I grew up in a time when we didn’t have to leave. We can shop for clothes, shoes, thriving supermarkets, thriving stores, craft vendors or public markets that was thriving as well, every day selling fruits and vegetables. That, again, is non-existent. I want to look at food security. Supporting our farmers, giving them the requisite support for irrigation systems, so they could have the materials, fencing, support with land and different irrigation systems and seedlings support. All the different things that they would need.”
Food security, economic development, and tourist attractions form part of the manifesto for PLP candidate Stachio Williams. He is up against former Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the People’s Action Movement, Shawn Richards and Kenneth Douglas of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party.
See the full interview with Stachio Williams here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egMfXjboyHU