KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, March 27, IWN — Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves says he is ready to write, at any moment, a cheque for $10,000 as his contribution to the repair of the pavilion at the Clive Tannis Playing Field in Bequia.
Gonsalves made the promise on the Northern Grenadine island on March 18 and invited the area representative, opposition parliamentarian Dr. Godwin Friday, to match his contribution.
“I haven’t written it yet but I will write the cheque today. I tell Dr. Friday I am waiting on his ten thousand,” Gonsalves said at a press conference on Monday, one week after he made the promise.
“If Friday comes now with his check, I would go and get my cheque book in my bag and write it for ten thousand and put it to the agency who is going to give it,” he further said.
Asked if he would still give the $10,000 if Friday does not, Gonsalves hesitated, smiled, then said, “I want to hear what Friday is saying.
“I want to wait and see what Friday is going to do,” he further said as reporters chuckled at his response.
The Prime Minister further said that he knows people are saying that he is trying to put the opposition politician on the spot.
But, he noted that when he was in opposition, he paid $16,000 of his own money to buy the lands in South Rivers where the learning resource centre was later constructed.
Friday has not committed to matching the Prime Minister’s offer.