Wednesday 23 October, 2019

President Weekes: Everyone must do their part to better T&T

Heading into the New Year, President Paula-Mae Weekes is reassuring citizens that while change will not happen overnight, Trinidad and Tobago can yet be put on the path to sustainable development.

But this, she says, is not a job for ‘them’ - the government, the police, the teachers or the church, but for all of us.

The President says that 2018 was filled with “successes, joys and myriad examples of the human capacity for goodness. We celebrated the accomplishments of our athletes, the ostensible turnaround of our nation’s economy was heralded and we were touched by the kindness of good Samaritans.”

But, she says, the year also brought its fair share of challenges, failures, and sorrows.

“Job losses and environmental catastrophe destroyed livelihoods and peace of mind. Homicides threatened to surpass our record high and we mourned the loss of several treasured sons of the soil.”

Her Excellency says, though, that experiences of the past twelve months, although sobering, should not discourage citizens from expecting, hoping and working towards prosperity, peace and security in 2019 and beyond.

She encouraged Trinbagonians to welcome the New Year with “every confidence that as a people we possess all of the knowledge, talents, skills and creativity together with the determination, forbearance and resilience to put Trinidad and Tobago on the road to sustainable development. It cannot happen overnight and so we must be patient; it will not happen easily so we must be steadfast.”

She says it is a job for us, each and every one, from the greatest to the least. In our everyday dealings, with a little bit of effort, we can all be civil, law-abiding, temperate, reliable and honest in our own little corner. The President says citizens must do their part even as they expect and demand that the powers-that-be do theirs.

“As we stand at the crossroads and look to see where the good way lies, this annual juncture affords all citizens the opportunity to reflect on past actions, attitudes and perspectives in order to identify areas that need to be refined or adjusted. As we welcome the new year let our gaze be fixed firmly on the road ahead in full anticipation of what can be achieved if every one of us steps up to the plate.”

President Weekes says she joins with the national community in optimism and hope for a bright and productive 2019.

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