One hundred and fifteen (115) unsponsored steel bands have received cheques to assist them in their operations.
Minister of Community Development Culture and the Arts, Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, has already presented Tobago’s cheques to Carlan Harewood, Pan Trinbago representative from the Eastern Region, due to the unavailability of the representative from Tobago.
Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, SC, MP, has today repeated her call for an urgent meeting with the Government to discuss ways in which the Government and Opposition can work together in the fight against crime and the criminal element.
The Opposition Leader today responded to correspondence sent by Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi.
The following is a statement by the United National Congress:
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has written to the Prime Minister requesting a meeting of the Government and Opposition to address a legislative approach to tackling rising crime.
The Opposition Leader has suggested that the two parties begin with discussions on the Anti-Gang Bill and the Anti-Terrorism (Amendment) Bill.
The following is the letter issued by the Opposition Leader:
"The citizens of our country have been experiencing an unprecedented level of criminal activity. Last year (2017) four hundred and ninety-four (494) persons were murdered.
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is issuing a clarion call to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to man up to his responsibilities as prime minister and stop the blame game.
She says playing politics will not bring any comfort and security to terrified citizens.
"It is sickening that the prime minister would use the heinous and gruesome murders of innocent 15-year-old schoolboy Joshua Andrews and taxi driver Devon Hernandez to try to score cheap political points," Persad-Bissessar said.
The Parliament has confirmed that one nominee, Paula Mae-Weekes will face the Electoral College on Friday for the post of President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, after both members of the Government and the Opposition agreed to Justice Paula-Mae Weekes.
Fourteen members of the Government and Opposition signed the nomination paper.
The following is a statement by the Parliament;
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has announced that the Opposition will support the Government's nominee of Paula-Mae Weekes for the post of President of the Republic.
It means Paula-Mae Weekes will be elected unopposed as the next President of Trinidad and Tobago.
The Opposition Leader says part of her support for Weekes is due to the fact that she will become the first female president of the country.
Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, has described today’s meeting with Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley and his team to discuss the nomination of an individual for the position of President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago as “cordial and productive.”
Persad-Bissessar indicated to the Prime Minister that the Opposition is keen on working with the Government to move this process forward, in the interests of the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.
Madame Justice Paula-Mae Weekes has been proposed as the only nominee so far for President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
The nomination was made by the Government at a meeting with the Opposition Friday morning.
Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Stuart Young said the Opposition put forward no nominee.
However, he said the Leader of the Opposition, Kamla Persad-Bissessar asked to meet with her caucus and respond to the Government by Monday morning.