CHAIRMAN of the Trinidad and Tobago Transparency Institute (TTTI), Deryck Murray, stated on Tuesday night that young people deserved to live in a society that was free of corruption.
Murray was the main speaker on Tuesday night during a town meeting at the St James Amphitheatre, Western Main Road, St James. It is expected to be one of many meetings which will be held to sensitise the public about the causes and effects of corruption on their daily lives.
“It is the young people we have this responsibility for. They deserve to live in a place free of corruption and we need to go into primary schools and get them assimilated into the culture of transparency,” he said.
He said Trinidad and Tobago’s lower ranking in the Corruption Perception Index was not a comforting one and with there being several issues regarding the recent award of billion-dollar contracts, a lot of questions needed to be answered.
He said the country needed prompt answers from the Government and there should be implementation of several existing safeguards which are already in law and designed to prevent corruption.
“There is need for all of us to coorporate and support each other for a country free of corruption,” he said.
The meeting was well attended and carried the theme, “Plenty Pepper,” which describes engaging the community in an informal setting where the issue of corruption is frankly discussed.
TTTI promised more meetings throughout Trinidad and Tobago in the future. —GG