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RADHICA DE SILVA
While T&T citizens wait on the
Government to bring better policies
to deter criminals, National Security
Minister Edmund Dillon was march-
ing against crime in Point Fortin yes-
Wearing a white T-shirt with the words
“War on Crime,” Dillon joined the PNM
Youth League, councillors, and community
activists as they walked through the streets
of Techier. Dillon said he was invited by
the youth league to take a stand against
Asked to identify specific strategies be-
ing used to stem the crime wave, Dillon
said he planned to meet with Faith-Based
Organisations (FBO) and other groups in
a bid to have a collaborative approach
to tackling crime. He revealed that he
had a meeting with Muslim groups yes-
terday, which did not include leader of
the Jamaat al Muslimeen, Yasin Abu Bakr.
Asked whether Bakr was invited, Dillon
said he had not arranged the meeting but
had conceded to a meeting arranged by a
few Muslim groups.
“We plan to reach out to other FBOs be-
cause we believe there is a role for every
entity to play a part in fighting crime,”
“Crime is too much even if there is one
murder. Once there is crime there is work
for us to do. We will continue to pursue
criminals vigorously as well as treat with
crime through the Ministry of Sport and
the Ministry of Social Development.”
Dillon said law enforcement bodies must
make the lives of criminals miserable.
Concerned about Tobago
Expressing concerns for the tourism in-
dustry following the horrific murder of
national youth footballer Abiela Adams,
Dillon yesterday vowed to leave no stone
unturned to curb crime.
Extending condolences to her family,
Dillon said, “The T&T Police Service is
investigating that matter vigorously as
we speak. Four murders in Tobago is of
concern to me. Even one murder in Tobago
or in Trinidad concerns me.”
He said all agencies of national security
will be on board to fight crime in T&T.
At a cost of $402 million over-budget, the Victo-
ria Keyes housing development in Diego Martin was
officially launched yesterday.
And with the drastic increase in the cost of the housing
project, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said the State was
now “forced” to sell the units on the open market.
Rowley was the housing minister when the Victoria Keyes
housing development was first conceptualised in 2005.
“What has happened here is initially the intention was
that we were going to build low-and-middle-income
housing in this area and the units were built to that ef-
fect,” Rowley said.
But when the People’s Partnership government assumed
office in 2010 there was a “rethink” of the project, Rowley
The project was substantially completed in 2010.
“But we spent so much money on changing the
finishings and adding certain facilities and bringing
this property to any other in the country that we
moved outside of the ability of the State to make
these units available to persons who are
not able to face the normal market,” he
Rowley said it would have been “in-
conceivable” to do so.
“So the State was forced to sell
these units on the open market.
The alternative would have been
wholly unacceptable public pol-
icy,” he said.
Housing Minister Randall
Mitchell outlined the state of the
“A project that was supposed to
have cost just about $250 million
is now expected to cost over $652
million when all is accounted for,”
he said yesterday.
“Clearly out of the reach of the
this project was intended to reach,
and who have been waiting on this
project for all these years.”
The sale of the units on the open
market is expected to yield a profit
of $356 million, Mitchell said.
Rowley said the proceeds from
the sale of the units will aid in
funding the housing development
currently under construction in St
264 units available
There are 264 units at Victoria
A total of 206 units will be of-
fered for sale on the open market
ranging in price from $1.4 million
to $4.5 million.
Forty-eight have been reserved
for allocation through the Rent-to-
And the remaining ten units will
be retained by the State.
“That simply because from time to
time the Government pays rental in
certain locations to put persons who
the Government is required to house
for one reason or the other and since the
Government owns this property, we will
use it in that way and reduce or eliminate as
far as we are able to the paying of rentals,” he said.
The Victoria Keyes housing development has a pool and
tennis court. There are one, two and three-bedroom con-
dominiums in the development.
to yield $356M
on open market
National Security Minister Edmund Dillon
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