Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 16th 2016 Contents PM: T&T losing
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has
admitted that T&T was losing the war
against the criminal elements.
He stated that every attempt by Gov-
ernment to bring the crime situation
under control was being stymied and
blocked by the Opposition, which was
now affecting the lives of citizens.
Addressing supporters at a public
meeting in St Joseph on Tuesday, Rowley
said while the Ministry of National Secu-
rity had been allocated the largest slice
of the 2015/2016 budget, the more Gov-
ernment injected funds into crime fighting
"the more foolishness they (Opposition)
carry on with."
The PM also knocked some members
of the T&T Police Service (TTPS) were
not "measuring up" in the performance
of their duties.
"We have to ensure the country gets
benefits for money spent. To get that,
we need to have a Commissioner of Police
in charge of the Police Force. Where the
hell you hear you have a part time general
to run an army?"
For the past nine months, Rowley said
the Government has been trying to
appoint a police commissioner to manage the serv-
ice, but the Opposition has since challenged in
court the process to appoint a CoP.
He said if the morale of the TTPS was low and
the environment corrupt, nothing would change.
"No corrupt army has ever won a war. Trinidad
and Tobago is losing the war against the criminal
elements. We are losing the war. We are
saying we want a Commissioner of Police.
There isn t a news item in this country
where the major part of the news is who
With plans afoot to investments heavily
in tourism, Rowley said once this was
done, crime should not impede the nation
in any way.
He spoke about the Strategic Services Agency
(SSA) Amendment Bill which would zero on in
"The SSA act was specifically to deal with drug
trafficking and drug dealing. But the range of crime
is much higher than that."
The PM said criminals were now planning mur-
ders, kidnapping and mayhem.
For reasons unknown to the Government, Rowley
said the Opposition are saying that they like it so.
"But they don t want to hear. What nonsense
is that? If we don t intervene and turn this country
around from where it was heading, crapaud smoke
University students can expect changes
in accessing tuition funds from Septem-
ber as Cabinet is expected to deliberate
the findings of a task force set up to
review the Government Assistance for
Tuition Expenses (GATE) programme
later this month.
In March, Cabinet appointed a 16-mem-
by senior lec-
turer in Mar-
ty of the
to find ways
to reduce the
cost of GATE
at Penal Sec-
cation Minister Anthony Garcia said this
was done as there was evidence that many
students were liming instead of taking
their studies seriously. And with GATE
costing taxpayers approximately $650 mil-
lion a year, he said there must be value
for money, especially during a time when
economic stringency is needed.
"We have found that there is a large
amount of wastage where GATE is con-
cerned. Many of the students access GATE and yet
they are not doing what they are supposed to do.
They lime, they do all sorts of things contrary to
"Therefore, we asked this task force to look into
GATE to see how best we can make the offerings
of GATE of some value to all of those who really
access GATE. This task force is supposed
to submit its report to Cabinet towards
the end of this month because we want
to ensure whatever changes that are rec-
ommended by GATE and are accepted by
Cabinet, can be put in place before the
beginning of the academic year in Sep-
tember," Garcia said.
He said Cabinet can choose to adopt the
entire report or parts of it. He said the report
was critical to getting value for money, especially
as there were many complaints of wastage in
the programme during a national consultation
on education held earlier this year.
He said based on the ministry s goal to provide
quality education, there was a need to ensure
that all stakeholders, including students, play
their part in making it a reality. He said he wants
to see students sitting in their classrooms and
taking advantage of the benefits of the local
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