BELTING OUT: Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, right, joins Karma lead vocalist Nisha B in singing “Hero” during the UNC Christmas dinner on Saturday night at Rienzi Complex, Couva. —Photo: DEXTER PHILIP

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By Sue-Ann Wayow sue-ann.wayow@trinidadexpress.com

IN an effort to stop crimes against children, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar will be ensuring an advertisement about children’s safety is aired on television.
Persad-Bissessar was speaking during the annual United National Congress (UNC) Christmas dinner on Saturday at Rienzi Complex, Couva.
“There was a show, ‘Do you know where your child is?’. I am going to advise the Ministry of Communication that we should run these again on the TV or on the radio. Do you know where your child is? You say we could blame the Government, or blame the police, but first blame yourself. Every single one of you must also be your neighbour’s keeper,” said the Prime Minister.
“Our children are being abused and sometimes in the neighbourhood people know, but they will not report, but we will be bringing legislation. It will say you have a duty if you know, you can report anonymously.”
The Prime Minister said her Christmas message to the nation was: “Let us keep our children safe. Let us protect our children. We the Government can do all we can but we need your help. Be your child’s keeper and keep your eyes on the other children around you.”
Minister of Gender, Youth and Child Development Clifton De Coteau told the Express a television advertisement called “Who is looking at your child?” is already out in the media.
The purpose of the advertisement was to make citizens aware about child protection and what they can do to assist.
Persad-Bissessar also told those in attendance to continue to support her and the UNC, especially since the next general election is in 2015.
Despite facing four defeats in one year, in the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) election, two by-elections and the local government election, Persad-Bissessar said her party was still strong and those elections were just “ testing grounds” for the general election.
The UNC also witnessed the formation of the Independent Liberal Party (ILP), founded by former UNC member Jack Warner, which was blamed for the defeat in the local government election.
Persad-Bissessar told supporters to work three times as hard as they have been working to ensure a UNC victory in the next two years.
“Do not let up. Do not give up. Do not fall asleep,” she said.
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