Tuesday 29 September, 2020

MOWT slams vandalism and theft to river embankments

The Ministry of Works and Transport (MOWT) has noted with concern, several incidents of theft and vandalism to river embankments across the country.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the Ministry says this unlawful practice not only undermines the Drainage Division’s efforts to mitigate flooding but also poses a potential threat to lives and property across communities in Trinidad and Tobago.

The MOWT is currently working with the Police Service (TTPS) to investigate such occurrences of theft and will look into all reports as a matter of urgency to protect the public’s interest. One such incident has already been referred to the TTPS for criminal investigation and prosecution.

The statement further notes that any act of theft or vandalism will not be treated lightly by the Ministry of Works and Transport.

"In an attempt to provide the highest value for resources spent on drainage efforts, the Ministry of Works and Transport will not turn a “blind eye” to a few who undermine the investment made by Government to protect communities across Trinidad and Tobago."

Citizens who are aware of such incidents should report them directly to the MOWT utilising the 623-MEND (6363) hotline or via email at communications@mowt.gov.tt.

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