UNC: Government has failed T&T’s youth
Trinidad and Tobago’s youth deserve access to opportunities so that they can flourish and help build the nation.
That's according to the United National Congress (UNC) in response to Finance Minister Colm Imbert's revelation that no one was hired under the Graduate Recruitment Programme in the past four years.
The Opposition party said the revelation comes at a time when youth unemployment and underemployment remain a major concern.
It said the country's youth are victims of a broken system and instead of offering solutions the Keith Rowley-led Administration "continues to offer promises they have no intention of keeping".
The UNC took note that the Finance Minister in his first budget presentation promised the introduction of a Graduate Recruitment Programme in 2016 in all 23 Ministries, and in Tobago.
It further noted, however, that this promise had not materialised.
The party crititcised Imbert, as it said he "had the unmitigated gall to promise increased OJT spaces, while still never presenting a cohesive plan to deal with the problem of youth unemployment".
"Trinidad and Tobago has been forced to endure four years of the failed leadership of this Keith Rowley Administration. The exercise currently being conducted by the Standing Finance Committee has exposed this Rowley Administration’s four years of lies and mamaguy," the UNC added.
The Opposition said the country is in need of a government that would work hard to protect the future of the nation and its young people.
The party renewed its call for the Prime Minister to admit his failure to the country and call the General Election now.