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What the PM needs to say

Friday, January 5, 2018

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley will address the nation on Sunday against the backdrop of continuing economic contraction, an ever increasing murder rate and other major challenges facing the country.

To date, these addresses have not brought any good news to the population and already there is great trepidation about what is likely to be announced.

Dr Rowley should be mindful, however, that the nation has been absorbing for more than two years —job cuts, declining revenues, restrictions and losses. Even though he needs to be truthful and realistic when he accounts to the population about the current state of the nation, he must draw on his considerable experience as a politician and leader. He needs to demonstrate more skill and finesse in guiding T&T through these difficult straits.

What Dr Rowley says should help build confidence among citizens and encourage wider commitment and resolve to build a brighter tomorrow.

The reality is that the country is running out of capacity for more negative news from this administration.

A Presbyterian milestone in T&T

The Presbyterian Church has long been known for its transformative missionary work in communities across this country. The church is using the occasion of its 150th anniversary this year to embark on the kind of work that will ensure its continued relevance and effectiveness.

There can be no better way of demonstrating the Christian values of love and commitment than the projects announced Wednesday by Presbyterian Moderator Annabel Lall-Ramkhelawan and her team. Soup kitchens and a home for the battered are among the social programmes that will be coming on stream over the next few months.

This gesture of not just talking the talk but walking the walk is just what T&T needs in these challenging times from religious and community support groups.

Safer roads but we can do better

The welcome good news for the new year so far is that for the first time in more than two years, T&T has recorded its lowest road fatality figures—an almost 50 per cent reduction from a decade ago when the annual average was 230 deaths.

This is not the time for complacency, however. In addition to continuation of the stricter traffic law enforcement that has yielded these positive results, there is need for improvements in the road infrastructure, more amendments of laws and ongoing public awareness campaigns.


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