Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Cabinet to review car-wrecking menace in PoS

The car-wrecking situation in downtown Port of Spain has been sent to Cabinet for resolution.

After an early morning tripartite meeting with National Security Minister Jack Warner, Downtown Owners and Merchant Association (DOMA) head Gregory Aboud and acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams yesterday, Warner promised to take the discussions to Cabinet for a solution.

Hours after the meeting, Aboud said he would not repeat the challenges faced by the business owners as he was promised a decision on the matter by today but admitted to being "tense".

"There is a lot at stake," he said in a telephone interview.

"The general conclusion is that the minister felt that Cabinet should weigh in," he said.

"It is very important and can have a huge impact on the future of Port of Spain. We are grateful that the Commissioner of Police met with us and the minister mediated," he said.

"We are hopeful that the case is presented in a manner that conveys the seriousness of the situation," he said.

Williams, in response to a text message said "that issue will be dealt with a release by the minister".

While Warner did not return phone calls yesterday, a member of his ministry said Warner is expected to inform Aboud of the Cabinet decision today and a release would be made public thereafter.