Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa says the government will look to the three years ahead to ensure development in the country.
Addressing the event to inaugurate construction work of the East Container Terminal this morning, the Premier said during the commencement of construction of the Hambantota Port, criticism was directed with the opposition attempting to reverse plans and even claiming that ships cannot dock.
The Prime Minister said the government at the time remained patient, forged ahead and completed the port.
Premier Rajapaksa added the then government also brought to an end the conflict during a four-year period while at the same time initiating expressways.
However, the Premier charged the former good governance government of selling the port after coming into power.
Prime Minister Rajapaksa said many have questioned as to why a difficult task such as the East Terminal is being initiated at this difficult juncture, claiming that many governments drew back amidst difficulties and said he believes governments must forge ahead with development regardless of the challenges.
The Prime Minister also stated that lamenting over the past two years is futile, and claimed that the government will look to the next three years as decisive years.
The Premier also acknowledged that the coronavirus has thrown the country over a deep precipice.
However, he claimed that regardless, the government has a responsibility towards citizens and the hardships they are faced with