By Jáedee S.K. Caines
THG Network (Feb. 14, 2017) — More than $3 million was left in Nevis today (Tuesday) when the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF) met with Nevis’ Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon. Vance Amory, his Permanent Secretary Colin Dore, as well as funding recipients.
The Charlestown Secondary School and Nevis Sixth Form College, as the hosts of this year’s Leeward Islands Debating Competition, received a $10 thousand donation, which Premier Amory and Principal Edson Elliott graciously accepted.
The bigger sum, however, was handed over for the development of the Nevis Athletics Stadium. That cheque amounted to $3.5 million, which brings the total injection, so far from the SIDF to the Nevis Athletics Stadium, to $6.5 million.
The foundation’s Nevis tour also saw board members, Dr. Robertine Chaderton – Chairperson, Delara Mc-Clure Taylor – Councillor, Leon Lescott – Councillor, and Maguerite Foreman – Secretary making stops at Oualie, where the island’s Senior Works Minister Hon. Alexis Jeffers gave an overview of a proposed pier to be constructed in the area; the old Treasury building in Charlestown; the Alexandra Hospital, where upgrades will be taking place; and the Nevis Athletics Stadium construction site at Long Point.
The SIDF has made considerable contributions to those projects. Among the other Nevis-based SIDF-funded projects are work at the Long Point Port of $500 thousand, $2 million for the Vance W. Amory International Airport, $640 thousand for equipment at the Air Traffic Control Tower, $1 million for the Water Rehabilitation Project, $5 million for a generator at Nevlec, and $1 million for general sporting facilities.
Photo Caption: SIDF Board Members with Premier of Nevis Hon. Vance Amory
Photo Caption: SIDF Board visits site of Nevis’ Old Treasury Building
Photo Caption: SIDF Board visits Alexandra Hospital
Photo Caption: SIDF Board visits site of Nevis Athletics Stadium