Sunday, January 21, 2018

PM: LifeSport audit will show if we should be concerned


fighting crime: Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

Mark Fraser

PRIME Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has said an audit into the ope­rations of her Government’s LifeSport Programme would determine whether there was anything to be concerned about.

And she is convinced the relocation of the programme to the Ministry of National Security would assist in the fight against crime.

Persad-Bissessar last Saturday announced the programme would be taken away from the portfolio of Sport Minister Anil Rober­ts.

Speaking to the media yesterday following a two-fold ceremony to open the Penal Technology Centre and distribution of certificates of comfort to 98 families at Petrotrin compound, Clarke Road, Penal, Persad-Bissessar said the move would only make the programme more effective.

Roberts said on Monday he endorsed Persad-Bissessar’s decision and the move was a blessing.

He said the removal to the Ministry of National Security meant the programme, which he established, had graduated.

Roberts said he was consulted by Persad-Bissessar before the rally on Satur­day.

Asked whether she had taken a decision on the video showing a man resembling a Government minister rolling a marijuana joint and partying with several women, which was first shown by TV6 News and is now circulating on social media, Persad-Bissessar said she had no further comments on the matter.

Persad-Bissessar said she had already addressed that issue and had nothing more to say. Roberts said the matter has been handed over to his attorn­ey.