Port of Spain Mayor Raymond Tim Kee said a general state of lawlessness was pervading the society.
He also said there was the need to address homelessness, parking and beef up security via humane methods within Port of Spain.
The Mayor made the comments outside City Hall, Knox Street, Port of Spain yesterday.
Earlier on, Tim Kee took the salute to signal the start of the City Day parade to mark Port of Spain’s 100th anniversary celebrations, which started at Queen’s Park Savannah (QPS) and ended at Adam Smith Square in Woodbrook.
Among those present were his wife Natasha Tim Kee and her daughters Paige and Nadine Smith. They were joined by deputy mayor Keron Valentine and members of council at the Port of Spain Corporation.
Asked to share his sentiments on challenges facing the capital city, Tim Kee said: “We are a lawless society. People who are like grandfathers and grandmothers are behaving in a way that they should not. People are at the traffic light and it is red, they are are not observing it. I would like to see the laws being implemented. The laws are there, but they have to be implemented. We have to insist on standards and the enforcement of the law.”
Commenting on whether Port of Spain was a “dying city”, Tim Kee said: “It is a good plan to start a chapter and to put down infrastructure for the youth and development of the cities. We have challenges like homelessness and parking.”
Expounding on the homeless, he said: “There is a discussion that has been ongoing for the past year on how to treat with these people. It could be they have to get psychological treatment.”
Asked about safety within the city, Tim Kee said: “I feel alarmed. It is quite disturbing. We cannot throw our hands in the air and do nothing, but we must use civil humane methods to develop it and to develop a sense of fairness.”
On the much-maligned wreckers, he said: “I have already terminated one service from the three. I have no control over the police, but I have control over licences and termination of contracts.”
Asked about the current World Cup, Tim Kee, who is also president of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFF), said: “Most of us are supporting Brazil...I am. Our country is in CONCACAF. We have Mexico, the United States and Costa Rica. I will be supporting our region.”
On the evil which Rev Daniel Teelucksingh claimed was targeting Trinidad and Tobago’s young children, the Mayor said: “I think so. What the pastor said is true. We need a lot of prayers...and things were unnatural. These are little children. We need to turn to the Creator for the guidance because I don’t think the men here know what to do.”