Friday 21 September, 2018

Kamla criticises government in Independence Day message

As T&T celebrates 56 years of Independence, Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is criticising the government’s handling of issues affecting citizens in Trinidad and Tobago.

In her Independence Day message, Persad Bissessar said T&T still faces significant issues today and there seems to be no moves by the government to address these problems.

“There is no question that our country today faces significant issues, and there appear to be no moves by the current administration to deal frontally with the problems affecting people, including escalating crime, inadequate health care, reduced opportunities for education of our young people, job losses, high cost of living, and a declining economy,” she said.

The Opposition Leader slammed the closure of Petrotrin’s refinery, noting that it occurred mere days before the country celebrates 56 years of Independence.

She said what is troubling is that the Government has chosen to remain silent and has failed to articulate a plan to address the issue of the State-owned company’s debt, and the long-term impact of the restructuring exercise on Trinidad and Tobago’s economy. 

“Just this week, mere days before our 56th Independence Anniversary, the country learned that one of the mainstays of our economy, Petrotrin, will be closing its refinery and embarking on a restructuring exercise, which will affect more than 2,600 employees.

What is troubling about this is that the Government has chosen to remain silent, and once again, failed to articulate a plan to address the issue of the State-owned company’s debt, and the long-term impact of the restructuring exercise on Trinidad and Tobago’s economy.”

However, Persad-Bissessar said there is still a lot to be proud of.

“We have much to be proud of, but what is clear is that there is much work to do if we are to transform Trinidad and Tobago into a prosperous, strong and united country.”

 

 

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