The Member of Parliament for Oropouche West, Mrs. Vidia Gayadeen- Gopeesingh is condemning Prime Minister Rowley for his refusal to roll out a feasible anti-crime plan and his embarrassing remarks at a Press Conference in Barbados.
Commenting on newspaper reports which indicated that Prime Minister Rowley gave advice to Barbados on crime through their news reporters and his statements that both countries are in similar situations, Mrs. Gayadeen-Gopeesingh questioned whether Dr. Rowley has any authority to speak on solutions to crime since his government is responsible for the exponential growth in murders, robberies and elderly abuse over the past four years in Trinidad and Tobago. She also questioned whether Prime Minister Rowley spent enough time in Trinidad and Tobago to witness what Trinbagonians experience daily, to stand by such nonsensical pronouncements.
The MP stated “Dr. Rowley’s desperation to hold on to the reins of power is showing, given the fact that his government has failed to perform in every conceivable sector and the population no longer believes that he can lead this country. It is common knowledge that the Prime Minister has always disregarded foreign intervention in national security matters, for instance, his churlish approach to foreign advice on the Venezuelan situation, so his attempt to impress the Barbadians is laughable.”
Mrs. Gayadeen-Gopeesingh continued, “Further to that, he has ostracized local experts who spent time conducting valuable research on crime and law enforcement. It has been almost two years since Professor Ramesh Deosaran presented the 600 page report on the police manpower audit. To date, the only notable change is the appointment of a Commissioner of Police. Dr. Selwyn Ryan did considerable research on crime among youths, why hasn’t he been contacted. We have the experts and they have conducted the research then why not engage these reputable individuals to come up with solutions since they are both based here and understand our culture?”
The MP concluded, “The Prime Minister has yet again demonstrated that he is incapable of leading Trinidad and Tobago, his comments highlight that he is not cognizant of the fear our citizens demonstrate daily. Dr. Rowley has attempted to downplay the dire situation that confronts us due to his incompetence. The level of heinous crimes that occur in Trinidad and Tobago is incomparable, trying to put both countries in the same light is totally ridiculous.”
Vidia Gayadeen- Gopeesingh
Dated: 26th August 2019