Ministers must be team players
As a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago I think it is necessary that I voice some concern in response to the utterances of some of the ministers who have recently moved into new portfolios.
The Minister of National Security has enunciated his wish to make changes to the current law-enforcement strategy and has identified among them the return of the Flying Squad, the desire for police to take home their assigned cars and guns the desire to discontinue the pilot 21st Century Policing.
He has also expressed that he is working on developing a new crime plan.
This course of action begs the questions, were the crime plans that his predecessor was pursuing, developed by technocrats and approved by Cabinet?
Were the plans failures? Has the incumbent minister discarded the Cabinet's approved plan and is developing plans of his own?
I ask these questions as this modus operandi is similar to that of the Minister of Local Government who has expressed a course of action that is unlike the course pursued by his predecessor, with expressed goals of winning Port of Spain at the the next Local Government elections and also the use of CEPEP to carry out community services.
My expectation is that the government would have developed a strategy to chart the path of the nation's development and the ministers would implement such a strategy, rather than each minister developing his individual action plan.
This seems like a rudderless ship.