Sunday, January 21, 2018

...Deaths on highwaytouched all, says PM


OFFICE OPENED: Labour Minister Errol McLeod, left, and Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, centre, display a plaque after officially opening the Nedco office in Penal yesterday. Looking on is Dr Natasha Ramkissoon, chairman of Nedco. –Photo: INNIS FRANCIS

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PRIME Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday described the Sea Lots crash that killed a mother and her two daughters on Sunday as a horrifying tragedy that has touched the hearts of people across the country.

She acknowledged yesterday's blockading of the highway into Port of Spain to protest for a walkover, and called on nationals to be more careful on the roads.

She declined to comment on the road deaths, saying that it could become a court matter.

Persad-Bissessar made the comment while speaking with members of the media after officially opening a National Entrepreneurship Development Co Ltd (Nedco) office in Penal.

She also responded to the call by former attorney general Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj that she and National Security Minister Jack Warner should resign over the controversy surrounding the existence of the New Flying Squad.

She said, "I am not surprised at all (by the resignation call). I think, from 2010, he has been calling for my resignation. We continue to do our best to stay focused on the issues. As I have always said there is room for improvement in many areas and we continue to work in the best interests of our citizens".

She also said that the issue of deportees to Trinidad and Tobago would be closely examined as part of the country's crime fighting plan.

However, she said the issue of a State of Emergency, similar to 2011, was not being considered.

"We have had no discussions with respect to a State of Emergency and therefore at this point in time there is no opinion on that matter. What we are doing is that we increasing the patrols, army patrols throughout the country more road blocks more mobile patrols more foot patrols of course an increase visibility to lock down as it were the streets of Trinidad and Tobago".

Persad-Bissessar also responded to the findings of the Highway Review Report on the Debe-to-Mon Desir segment of the Solomon Hochoy Highway extension to Point Fortin.

She said, "I have asked for the line minister together with his technocrats to study the report and for them to then bring the recommendations to the Cabinet as to the way forward for the highway. That's where we are at this point in time."