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President Anthony Carmona says soci-
ety has been producing "yes" men and
He said, too, that "spinelessness has
The President made the comment yes-
terday while being installed as Chancellor
of the University of T&T. The event took
place at the university s campus at O Meara,
In his inaugural address, Carmona also
urged citizens to become patriots.
He said, "It is men and women of status,
rank and letters who have failed this country.
Far too long we have been producing yes
men and women in our society."
Carmona said logic and reason are in
He said UTT was intended as a vehicle
to produce innovators with a focus to impact
on national development. As chancellor he
recommended an urgent need to attract the
private sector. He said also, students needed
to know about employment.
"Critical thinking, reading, writing, public
speaking skills should play an integral part
of any curricula. I put forward this challenge
to make critical thinking an A-level subject.
Content has to be looked at. It is a funda-
mental tool of innovation.
Don t tell me what I want to hear, tell me
what needs to be said, the President said.
Carmona said he was moved by Ravindra
Ramrattan s decision to apply his educa-
Ramrattan, 31, was killed at a mall in
Nairobi, Kenya, when it was attacked by
terrorists last month.
"I did not know him. He was a model
for farmers in Kenya. His education was
with a purpose," he said.
Carmona said many have graduated but
are using this knowledge to build other
countries and not home.
"The reasons may be varied and it may
be personal safety and security."
He said he will be embarking on hosting
a biannual think tank with medal winners
for input into a solution.
"We have to engage the best and the
brighter. Our resources are not oil nor gas
but people," he said.
"Who failed this country of ours? Not
the men with the cutlass, not the men with
the whacker, not the men who cut grass.
It is the men of status, rank and letters. We
must create a paradigm, he said.
"Your country is investing in you. Stop
being a mere citizen and become a patriot."
If men have talent but lack character, this
breeds brilliant monsters, Carmona said.
"It is talent with character that producers
world citizens," he said.
Minister of Tertiary Education and Skills
Training Fazal Karim said memoranda of
understanding have been signed with several
Karim said the university offers 50 pro-
grammes which go beyond engineering and
He said partnerships with various uni-
versities and agencies will assist in meeting
Education Minister Tim Gopeesingh, who
also attended, said in 2010 the ministry did
a primary school review and creative activ-
ities were initiated in primary schools.
"We have now incorporated performing
arts. Moral values and ethics will go hand
in hand. This will be incorporated as they
go on to secondary schools," he said.
Pres: T&T producing
Aide-de-camp to the President, Lieut Commander Don Polo, left, assists President
Anthony Carmona as he takes the Chancellor's Oath during the installation of UTT's
chancellor at the O'Meara Campus yesterday. Looking on at right is Tertiary Education
Minister Fazil Karim. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Now that the Inde-
pendent Liberal Party
(ILP) has been given a
sound trouncing in the
local government elec-
tions, Housing and
Minister Dr Roodal
Moonilal says the Peo-
ple s Partnership will
now target the People s
Admitting defeat to
the PNM yesterday,
Moonilal said Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley
can be assured that the PP would be keeping a
close eye on him.
He said so at Friendship Village where his
Oropouche East constituency office donated more
than 150 chairs to the Friendship Village Masjid
and the Rama Krishna Mandir.
"Well, it was a very tough election for us," he
said. "As you know, in a three-party election, it
is always very difficult.
"We said before elections and we say it after
elections, that the PNM is never a victim of a
three-party struggle. The PNM emerged victorious,
but in my estimation they did not have to cam-
paign. I don t think they did campaign.
"Our first port of call was to deal with the third
party, which was the ILP, and I think we dealt
with them in a commendable manner.
"Now the PNM is squarely on our radar and
we will now meet and treat with the People s
National Movement. They are on our radar and
we will now lock onto them with a laser-like pre-
cision and we will move towards the general elec-
Explaining the shift of focus away from the
ILP to the PNM, Moonilal said because of the
ILP s heavy defeat at the polls, he doubts it would
make any more inroads into politics.
"I don t think they will pose further problems.
In fact, I was amazed that Mr Warner said the
COP was dead. The COP got four seats and he
got three and the COP contested less councils
than he did.
"So I don t think that the ILP will make much
more traction, much more inroads. But the St
Joseph election will also give us a clue as to what
is happening further," Moonilal said.
He said people who now live under PNM-led
corporations can expect poor representation and
will have to face the consequences of their actions.
He said, however, that central government will
still meet their needs through the various state
"They can look forward to poor representation
by the People s National Movement. The central
government will meet and treat with the needs
of all communities, he said.
Responding to calls by Rowley for Prime Min-
ister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to call a general elec-
tion now, he said, Rowley must be careful about
what he asks for. But he will learn in time.
"Dr Rowley will get his chance at the title. But
what he can be assured of is that we will be
keeping a close eye on him."
After handing over the chairs to the masjid,
Moonilal said his office decided to distribute the
chairs after the election to avoid the overtone that
it was a ploy to get votes.
He said the donation was part of his office s
programme to assist all religious organisations
within his constituency.
PP to keep close
eye on PNM
Bishop Rev Clive
Abdulah, a recipient
of a doctor of laws
degree takes the
stage with fellow
recipients at the
UWI St Augustine
graduation 2013 for
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