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Friday 14 August, 2020

PM: Expect ‘actual responses’ with new community recovery committee

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley via Facebook, the Office of the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley via Facebook, the Office of the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago.

The recently announced community recovery committee will put forward and implement an action plan to treat with issues affecting at risk-communities.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said the committee, unlike others before it, will bring about actionable responses to the situation.

He was responding to a question in the Parliament on Friday regarding a proposed timetable for the work and report of the Cabinet-appointed team.

The team announced at Thursday’s Post Cabinet media briefing following protests in East Port-of-Spain which spread to other parts of Trinidad, will be headed by Anthony Watkins.

Hans Des Vignes; Jamaal Shabazz; Curtis Toussaint; Community Development Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly; Akosua Edwards; and Nicola Harvey are the other members of the team.

Dr Rowley said it was premature to offer any timeline on the committee’s work as it had only been announced a day prior and had not yet met.

Questioned by Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal on whether setting up this new committee was proper use of resources when the “exact work” was done by a similar committee, appointed under another administration, the Prime Minister assured the committee’s work is different to the work produced under a committee chaired by Professor Selwyn Ryan.

“If those issues were addressed as my good friend would like us to believe I would like him to assist by telling us how it was addressed because the way it was undressed by LifeSport is quite different to what is being done now.”

“This committee is to create an action plan for determining and taking actual responses to the situation.”

The Prime Minister added: “The misunderstanding of the situation that is being demonstrated by my colleague for Oropouche East in no way hinders what is going to be done by this committee and this Government.”

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