Young: We are reaping what the UNC sowed
Minister of National Security, Stuart Young, says it’s ironic that the opposition would accuse the current government of failing in the fight against crime, since they dismantled multiple crime fighting apparatus during their tenure.
Reflecting on the cancelation of the Off Shore Patrol Vessels, sale of the blimp, dismantling of the Special Anti-Crime Unit of Trinidad and Tobago (SAUTT) and other initiatives by the People’s Partnership government, Young says the country is now reaping the fruits of what that government sowed.
“T&T does not manufacture arms and ammunition so it is critical to secure our borders. The UNC during 2010 to 2015 dismantled the facial recognition system of the CCTV cameras at the Piarco International Airport. Our borders were compromised,” he lamented.
He specifically referenced the misdeeds that opposition members are accused of.
“I remind this country that the former Minister of Housing and the former Managing Director of the Housing Development Corporation are on record in this country between 2010 and 2015 having given a contract to a person of interest, a person who it is alleged is a gang leader to build a police station,” he recalled.
The Minister says personalities like Head of the Prison Service Association, Ceron Richards have complimented him on his efforts in crime fighting despite criticisms from the opposition.
He also listed a slew of initiatives taken under his leadership saying that he wishes he had the same money the previous government was allowed to spend on ‘useless’ projects.
“I wish I had the $400 million they spent on two completely useless items. If I had that money, I would have completely transformed the prison service overnight,” he said.
Reminding the Senate of the multiple bills and initiatives being undertaken by the government, Young says he isn’t seeking validation from his counterparts because those who’ve worked with him on crime fighting projects have praised his efforts.
Even so Young says the government has not and will not give up in the fight against crime.