There has been yet another report of criminal activity on the St. Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies –this time, the abduction of a female employee. The Youth Arm of the United National Congress is deeply concerned and extremely bothered by this development as students are now traumatized by simply walking on campus to get to/from classes. This comes on the heels of the recent arrest of two UWI students who were part of a protest by the student body to show their lack of faith in campus security and their general feeling of fear and distress on campus.
Notwithstanding the assurance given by UWI administration recently of measures the campus will be implementing to ensure student safety, there continues to be the feeling of fear among students and today’s report of a kidnapping on campus in broad daylight has further exacerbated this. Earlier this year, former National Security Minister stated that there was a decrease in crimes on the UWI campus but this is simply not the case.
It is with the greatest degree of concern that we call upon the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service to intervene in this matter to find a reliable solution to these instances of criminal activity and to work alongside the Campus security and administration of the university to ensure the safety of all on campus and quell the fears of the students and staff of the UWI St. Augustine Campus. In addition to this, we encourage students to exercise extreme caution on and off campus; and continue to speak out on these issues and bring these matters of grave concern in the public domain.
We join with the national community in praying for the safe return of the country’s latest kidnap victim and our thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones at this time. We expect swift action by the authorities in ensuring her safe return. It cannot be business as usual.
Chris A Hosein
UNC Youth Officer,
Chairman – UNC Youth Arm