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Letter: Dr Rowley needs to boldly go where no one has gone before!
Published on September 1, 2017 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

The investigation into the procurement steps by the Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago has not yet started but already there are allegations of cover up and incompetence. It is critical to note that there are sectors of our society who will find nothing good about anything proposed or done by this PNM administration. That sector will only be happy if the prime minister resigns and calls a new election. For them, it does not matter what the Mouttet investigations discover, nothing short of the firing of the board of the Port Authority and the minister of works would satisfy the thirst of those seeking to replace PNM administration.

In this land of wonderful people of many races, different faces and a callaloo of cultures we have no choice but to work together if we wish to overcome the global economic, social and political challenges that confront us. We must overcome the management inefficiencies that led to the embarrassing effort to acquire a boat to service our sea bridge. We must find a way to rise above the agenda of those who seeks to divide us into percentages of class, race, wealth, religion, and political affiliation for self-interest. Moreover, we must start working on moving forward.

For too long we have stood by as politicians wasted our national wealth on investment with minimal return. The insatiable appetite of those that thrived on government programs like GATE, CEPEP, URP, food cards and contract labour can never be filled. While we still have the ability to access international credit and our foreign exchange reserves is still healthy, we ned to make a concerted effort to prepare for the future.

We need to stimulate the economy by partnering with our business community. We need to inject investment into a carefully planned approach to agriculture and tourism. WASA must no longer be allowed to be an economic black hole where water wastage and management inefficiencies are common. A new network of roads needs to be accelerated rather than placed on hold. Government must change from been a burden to taxpayers to a source of hope. Efforts must be made to make Government services easily assessable and less punitive.

These decisions will entail making choices like that of asking Mr. Mouttet, a member of our business community to investigate our management practices. The Prime Minister must reach out beyond his political base, outside of his traditional pool of political support and embrace all our citizens from Blanchisseuse in the north to Moruga in the south, from Claxton Bay in the west to Mayaro in the east, from Scarborough to Charlottesville in Tobago.

All of us must be red, white, black and ready to rebuild our nation. At this time, only one-man, PM Dr K. C. Rowley, can do that. He need to go where no one has gone before. If he fails to take the initiative, we will do it under new leadership at the next general election. The historical unhealthy divisiveness of our politics must end.

God bless our nation.

Steve Alvarez
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