Charles: NICE strayed from original concept

Charles: NICE strayed from original concept

Nancy Charles, the Attache to Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has told reporters that the  intention of the cabinet conclusion on the National Initiative to Create Employment (NICE) and  what is happening with the NICE programme today  are quite different.

But she made it clear that were it implemented as proposed, the programme  would have been a very good one and there was no objection to it as originally intended.

Charles said when the United Workers Party (UWP) came to power last year it decided to review the NICE programme.

“We did not do an audit – we were not looking at the money aspect in terms of who was paid and what, but we  just wanted to find out as a government whether the NICE programme had achieved its purpose and where it was at so that we could decide on the way forward, where we would like to go with the programme,” she explained.

Charles said the NICE  programme was originally intended to be a  programme which would have expired after the three years,d inject an estimated $100 million into the economy and prepare young persons for future employment by giving them work experience and training.

She told reporters that there were three basic aspects to the initiative.

Charles said these included the constituency infrastructure programme to restore failing infrastructure  in the constituencies, thereby helping young people to develop construction skills.

Charles explained that the component lasted for  the intended one year and the government spent approximately $17 million.

According to Charles, the government  could not determine who were the contractors and the beneficiaries of the constituency infrastructure programme and who were the young persons who gained skills.

“So in my opinion I don’t think that was a success,” she told reporters

She disclosed that there was also a small business assistance component to the NICE programme under which there were four levels of assistance to be provided – technical, research and development, product and market development assistance and the provision of credit facilities.

Charles said small businesses that had recently commenced were supposed to have been targeted.

However she said some of the businesses that benefited were Tenderoni  Foods Limited, a company which has been in existence for years.

“I don’t know if in other people’s opinion this is considered to be a small start up business, but in my opinion, no,” Charles declared.

She said True Value Building and Hardware Supplies in Vieux Fort, which she described as a successful business also benefited along with Foster and Ince Services, the  Arts Cafe and the  West Coast Credit Union.

According to Nancy Charles, those were the businesses to which the most money was allocated.

“We were asking the question: ‘What type of technical support did they provide to those businesses?'” She told reporters.

Charles said there was one small business that stood out – an entrepreneur from Ciceron who was producing coconut oil.

“Today he is a success story,” she noted.

Charles said credit facilities were not made available to some of the businesses which were instead given grants.

She said there was a National Apprenticeship Programme component of NICE, to facilitate apprenticeship and placements.

Charles said young persons were to be placed in private institutions for training, with the government paying 60 percent of the salary and the private sector entity paying the rest.

She said the intention of the government at the time was for the training component to target persons to be incorporated into a planned housing scheme.

Charles explained that the initiative never materialised because there was no housing scheme.

She said there was never a social aspect of NICE in the cabinet conclusion, the intention of which was for all the programmes to be self-sustainable.

She explained that the home health care programme was never part of the  cabinet conclusion but due to the failure of the other components, the NICE programme became ‘creative’ and began implementing other initiatives.

Charles disclosed that NICE had employed over 1000 persons.

“While the contract that was given to them stated that it was only to be for six months, what you had happening was that all those persons their contracts were being renewed over and over again, so what you had was a dependency was being created,” the PM’s Attache observed.

Non renewal notices of NICE contracts have been issued to employees of the programme as the current administration reviews the initiative.

 

 

 

 

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26 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    February 28, 2017 at 10:54 am Reply

    I am sick of this woman and her analysis all of a sudden she get bright?

  2. Kristin Tobierre
    February 28, 2017 at 11:03 am Reply

    PRESS RELEASE: Nancy Charles has completely missed the purpose of the NICE program in her attempts to be politically malicious.

    True Value took six (6) placements under the NAPP program, NOT the Small Business Assistance Program.

    See http://www.nicejobs.govt.lc/images/nice_at_a_glance.pdf

    The National Apprenticeship & Placement program targeted all unemployed people for Job placements and/ apprenticeships in various sectors. The NAPP program was designed to create positions for new employees in businesses that may not have hired, by subsidizing the salaries of the employees for their first six months. Several of those employees were kept on by True Value after that subsidy ended. THIS PROGRAM WAS OPEN TO ALL BUSINESSES . See attached businesses that received employees under NAPP.

    News Coverage on NAPP with contact information on how to participate was disseminated, please see below.

    http://www.govt.lc/…/government-to-focus-on-creating-jobs-f…

    http://stluciastar.com/ec35-million-dollars-gets-nice-off-…/

    Our government should know that people are interested in what THEIR PLANS ARE to create employment and stimulate the economy. The persons who gained employment under NICE are reasonably concerned that they no longer will be employed by the ending of this program with no indication on what continuation plans are in place.

    1. Jah i
      February 28, 2017 at 1:19 pm Reply

      So that whole thing was for only slp supporters

  3. Sad-But-True
    February 28, 2017 at 11:10 am Reply

    I feel NO mercy or have any remorse on those Employed in NICE. Because you were all warned. But you preferred DECEPTION, LIES and 50 dollar phone top-ups. So you sold your souls to Evil Chastanet. Many of you were seen T-werking in UWP campaign vehicles. And Voted in your Demise. Now, many of you are all over the airwaves begging us (the SLP) to Champion your cause. It’s NOT happening. It’s time for tough LOVE. Let redemption find you so you can learn that bad decisions have serious consequences.
    Let Evil Castanet have his way with you for A Time.

  4. bambi
    February 28, 2017 at 11:17 am Reply

    Please show some compassion for the elderly or you all will rot in hell.I know so many elderly the program was a God”s send. Please dont destroy their lives now because some relatives just do not care.Imagine caregivers clean you on Fridays and on Monday some of them where never changed until the caregivers returns.Pathetic!

  5. Bob
    February 28, 2017 at 11:33 am Reply

    Slp kick me out of job when they got in power they gave my job to one of nice slp hack now tell me why are you cry am still out of a job shawn Edwards do you remember all the people u kick out in dennery north am one of them

    1. Sad-But-True
      February 28, 2017 at 11:40 am Reply

      Go away, devil!

  6. Sad-But-True
    February 28, 2017 at 11:39 am Reply

    Anyone can see the Paradigm in Evil Chastanet set loose on the People and The Great Satan roaming freely on Earth.
    But they are of the same cloth.
    NICE workers, history has Taught Blacks like you, NOTHING. What do you want us to do or say? You created the Devil. You gave the Devil power over you. We can’t reverse it at this time. What did you expect?
    His Name is Evil Chastanet.

  7. Anonymous
    February 28, 2017 at 11:46 am Reply

    Here’s a suggestion based on actual evidence. NICE workers significantly improved the functioning of the Registry. Get rid of the useless lazy civil servants and employ the NICE people. Some of them have the necessary work ethic to get things done. Give deserving people a chance instead of the useless ones.

  8. Anonymous
    February 28, 2017 at 11:50 am Reply

    Shawn Edwards you have a list of how many people you kick out because my parents is uwp you I can’t work there you put your nice worker from Grand ravine you hard core slp supporter but God is good I got a job this year

    1. Anonymous
      February 28, 2017 at 12:08 pm Reply

      What job there had in Dennery North before Shawn Edward. Pray tell.. Most of you’ll were chasing Nicholas with all the Taiwan money which he did nothing for Dennery north with. Have several sits with that crap.

      1. Anonymous
        February 28, 2017 at 1:03 pm Reply

        I am from Denney north I never said I work there the man told me you gone next month

      2. LYNN
        February 28, 2017 at 6:29 pm Reply

        GIVE JAKE HIS JACKET……I’M FROM DENNERY NORTH AND SHAWN EDWARDS DID GET RID OF THE UWP SUPPORTERS AND THERE WOULD BE MORE THAT WOULD BE OUT IF HIS SLP WERE TO FORM THE GOVERNMENT. WHILE YOU AT IT SAYING THAT PEOPLE WAS CHASING NICHOLAS OVER THE TWAINESSE MONIES ASKED SHAWN EDWARDS WERE THE LOTTERY MONIES. GIVE NICHOLAS A BREAK HE IS OUT OF POLITICS BUT SHAWN EDWARDS IS A POLITICIAN AND WE NEED HIM TO ACCOUNT FOR THE LOTTERY MONIES……..LOL….LMAO

  9. Joan
    February 28, 2017 at 11:54 am Reply

    She has a point though, if we forget about all this party vs party, choosing sides because of personal bias and just look at the facts. Why were these established/big businesses involved? Those companies hire their own people and fill gaps as needed so why did they need money from the government to pay people that were hired through the government, helping all the little start up companies that really need help would have been much better. The bigger companies could have just employed the people and paid them themselves or hired the specific people they needed. I’m not seeing the sense in these bigger businesses being involved AND getting paid by the government.

    1. LYNN
      February 28, 2017 at 6:35 pm Reply

      IKR

  10. Anonymous
    February 28, 2017 at 12:56 pm Reply

    The point is st .lucia is broke and we have to spend our money wisely.

  11. Anonymous
    February 28, 2017 at 1:11 pm Reply

    Why is it that no promises. Made by there polititions are never properly fulfiled why why why

  12. Anonymous
    February 28, 2017 at 1:35 pm Reply

    So right now whose gonna look after the elder folks that don’t have any one to care for them this government sucks. So many jobs are still been lost

    1. LYNN
      February 28, 2017 at 6:37 pm Reply

      WHO WAS LOOKING AFTER THEM BEFORE NICE? TRY TO READ THE CONTEXT OF THE MESSAGE AND STOP LOOKING AT RED AND YELLOW. MY GOSH!!!!!!!

    2. LYNN
      February 28, 2017 at 6:40 pm Reply

      THEY ONLY TAKE CARE OF THEM MONDAYS TO FRIDAYS, WHAT’S ABOUT THE WEEKEND? WHO TAKES CARE OF THEM? I KNOW SOME OF THEM STILL SURVIVE AND NOBODY LOOKS AFTER THEM. YOU MIGHT THINK THAT I’M INSENITIVE

  13. EWJ
    February 28, 2017 at 2:57 pm Reply

    I am a NICE worker and have been since February 2013. Last year was my first time voting in our country. I am not a party follower and may never be. NICE did not give jobs to SLP supporters, many were appreciative of the initiative given by the government. Companies benefited from the hardworkers and instead of hiring them, many employers saw it as an opportunity to exploit the vulnerable.
    Regardless of who is in power I hope the elderly care is kept and not only on weekdays. The workers should be vetted and and retrained. The other companies should seek to hire the genuine workers and not those who are just clocking in and out. I propose small business loans and shorlaships for the rest. Let’s start moving.

  14. concern citizen
    February 28, 2017 at 5:33 pm Reply

    What is Nancy Charles role is she the assistant to Nicole McDonald, what Nicole can’t say she saying and people there’s no politics when it comes to the truth.

  15. Anonymous
    February 28, 2017 at 7:24 pm Reply

    Now listen up, Nancy and Co, you guys can conduct as many reviews as deem necessary; but I will not support any move that interferes with the bread and butter of the poor people of this country. These folks have bills to pay, mouths to feed send their children to school etc; and a large number of vulnerable senior citizens depend on them for assistance. To abruptly halt the program in this manner is nothing short of cruelty. We need to stop this vicious game of political gimmick that we play in this country.

  16. Concern
    February 28, 2017 at 11:29 pm Reply

    Hmmm, mostly all the person’s I’ve seen working in the NICE program are labourites. Some of them half day they home already and they still getting paid. So do what’s best for the country.

    1. Anonymous
      March 1, 2017 at 10:36 am Reply

      Get your facts right.There are many NICE workers who work really hard and are highly determined than many of the lazy as civil servants in the Government. I am a civil servant who works closely with some of the NICE workers employed within the Ministry of education and have seen much more dedication in these workers compared to some of my Co-Workers. As a nation let us put politics aside and do what is right for the country. Putting thousands unemployed in a stagnant economy will only make things worst for us all. Fire the lazy ass civil servant and the mizzy friends of politicians that are receiving huge incomes from corrupt politicians. St Lucia is broke because we’ve hard years of corrupt politicians who only work for their own interest and not the interest and well-being of the nation specifically the under privilege.

  17. Anonymous
    March 2, 2017 at 2:42 am Reply

    Charles said small businesses that had recently commenced were supposed to have been targeted.
    Small business owners who were not supporters of the slp were not even targeted
    i as a start up owner of a small business was encouraged to go to nice for support by an official from the ministry of commerce as they liked my business idea
    i was sent to one miss A A at the nice office upstairs the Blue coral Building we had a first meeting in January 2015. i filled out a number of papers two days later i was called via telephone and was told that i had to wait till after budget since they were in the last quarter of the budget cycle and that i will be called when they recieved their allocation
    so i waited. mean while For my business to kick off i employed one lady H C and two gentle C L and R M
    I paid Miss AA in August for updates on the nice workers she informed me that they were reviewing my Business plan and that they would get back to me .she promised that once they were satisfied with my plan they would send me potential workers for interviews,
    well two years later i am still waiting NOT ONE CALL NOT ONE WORKER , NOT ONE INTERVIEW mean while true value an established business and supporter of the slp can have workers
    BUT THANK GOD MY BUSINESS GOT OFF THE GROUND AND IS STILL IN OPERATION AFTER TWO YEARS
    SO MUCH FOR CREATING EMPLOYMENT
    MY SAME STAFF IS STILL WITH ME AND THEY ARE BEING PAID
    this programme was merely a political football
    SAD BUT TRUE thats my story over to you

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