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A poll conducted by the North American
Caribbean Teachers Association (Nacta) shows
that Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has start-
ed off with "a near perfect approval" as prime
The poll, which randomly surveyed 160 people
between last Tuesday to Friday, stated that
almost everyone was willing to give Rowley a
chance to govern the affairs of the nation.
A statement from Nacta said: "Every single
supporter of the victorious PNM and most sup-
porters of the People s Partnership feel that
since Dr Rowley convincingly won the elections,
he should be allowed to carry out his mandate
"Everywhere, even by opponents, the new
PM receives kudos from virtually everyone for
his victory speech on Monday night, as well as
his post swearing-in speech on Wednesday."
The Nacta poll said "everyone" was impressed
with Rowley s all-embracing message in his
post-election speeches and that he did not
appear as a "rottweiler and wajang" or "the
angry and aggressive person" he was painted
to be by opponents, including detractors from
his own party.
The poll noted Rowley had been very states-
manlike, not gloating over his victory, with
respondents praising his magnanimity in inviting
the Opposition to join the ruling party in national
"Everyone hopes Rowley makes good on his
promises to be Prime Minister for all of the
people in T&T and to foster unity and harmony
among the ethnically diverse population, a main
theme of his speeches," the poll said.
Chaguanas East MP and former ter-
tiary education minister Fazal Karim is
appealing to the new Government not to
slash the Gate programme and to continue
the thrust in tertiary education.
Karim said with the portfolios of tertiary
education and education falling into the
hands of one minister, he expects bureau-
cracy to step in and slow down the process.
Karim spoke with reporters yesterday.
He said: "One single ministry which is
going to be a very monolithic ministry,
very large and very bureaucratic. Whether
they would continue the work we have
started is left to be seen."
Karim said while he was at the helm of
that ministry, a substantial amount of work
was done to create opportunities for
employment. He said it would be sad if
several facilities are scrapped as a result of
the "discrimination and spite of the PNM."
Karim said the Gate programme should
not be booted since it would only serve to
strengthen the human resource capital of
T&T. "We have to wait until the budget
to see where they are going with that," he
Karim spent yesterday morning removing
election paraphernalia off the walls and
light poles in his Chaguanas East con-
stituency. He arrived in the Lange Park
area in the front seat of a white Mitsubishi
panel van and he was casually dressed.
No gimme-gimme syndrome in
Meanwhile, Chaguanas Mayor Gopaul
Boodhan said he has given candidates and
political parties one more week to clean
up all the garbage left behind. Boodhan
said the eyesore created by posters, banners
and billboards should be voluntarily
Boodhan also said "Chaguanas is not
about a gimme-gimme syndrome, its not
about a gimme-gimme situation.
"Chaguanas has always been built on
family values and has always been about
volunteerism, where people help others to
"Beautification of the environment has
always been one of our key pillars in the
development of Chaguanas, and this is
why I am making this call here this morning
for all of us, not only for the removal of
election paraphernalia, but also for citizens
to have a greater awareness and commit-
ment to the environment."
Boodhan said he hopes to meet early
with the new minister in charge of Local
Government and plans to move aggressively
to continue the development of Chaguanas
with input from all stakeholders.
to give Rowley a
chance---Nacta Karim tells PNM Govt:
Don't slash Gate
Chaguanas East MP Fazal Karim takes general election posters off a T&TEC light pole in
his constituency yesterday. PHOTO: SHASTRI BOODAN
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