A corruption probe involving former Nigerian Oil Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, should provide Saint Lucia with food for thought concerning its Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP).
So says the leader of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP), Allen Chastanet.
It has been reported that Mrs.Alison-Madueke is currently under investigation in Britain for alleged corruption while in office.
According to the reports, investigators in the UK and Nigeria were shocked by the discovery that she had secretly acquired citizenship of Dominica in May this year and granted a diplomatic passport which expires on May 20, 2020.
Chastanet last week wrote several civil society organizations here, expressing concern about this country’s CIP and recommending they join the opposition in demanding changes to it.
He disclosed that the UWP has received some responses to the letters that were sent out, with some of the responders seeking more information and clarification.
Chastanet said he is hoping that civil society will join the UWP in asking the government to do the right thing by reconstituting the board, asking Ernest Hilaire to resign and if the CIP is to continue, move it forward in a much more responsible and transparent way.
“We are dealing with the security of our region and the security of our major allies, while this government continues to ridicule and belittle us in terms of how they are dealing with this situation,” the UWP leader told the Times in an exclusive interview.