The Opposition is committed to working with the Government in the crime fight and will not put any political impediment in the Government’s way as it relates to solving crimes, says Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley.
Rowley said yesterday’s meeting with the Prime Minister and her team went “very well” and reiterated that a collaborative approach was needed in the crime fight on a national level.
“We are saying that this matter requires urgent action; we will not put any political impediment in the Government’s way in treating with the loss of security and loss of opportunities for people in East Port of Spain or anywhere else,” he said.
He said crime was everywhere and needs to be addressed as people in areas such as Diego Martin, Enterprise, Maloney and La Horquetta were also affected.
Rowley said the appointment of the commissioner of police will be further discussed and he hoped a new system can be achieved so a commissioner can be selected in “short order”.
He stressed the need for Government to ensure the “urban renewal” of East Port of Spain.
Rowley said this move would address the social and economic problems plaguing the area and will also create employment opportunities for the people.
This was Rowley’s second meeting to discuss crime with the Prime Minister. The two first met last Friday at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s.
Rowley said next Thursday, teams from the Government and the Opposition will again meet at 3.30 p.m. to continue discussions.