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Laurel Lezama-Lee Sing

For safely steering the country’s ship through uncharted and rough waters this past year, Public Relations Officer of the People’s National Movement (PNM) Laurel Lezama-Lee Sing has given Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley a perfect score of ten. Lezama-Lee Sing said the performance of the Government deserved an eight.

On Tuesday–August 10–the PNM will mark the first anniversary of its second term under the leadership of Dr Rowley.

She rated the performance of the PM and his Cabinet based on the prevailing circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following the PNM’s victory at the polls on August 10 last year, she said Rowley and his administration did their best to manage the impact of the pandemic, economy and country for the past 12 months.

“That is no fault of the PNM…that is just because the prevailing circumstances do not allow for the PNM to give the country everything it really wants to give. In so far as performance…in managing with the little that we have and managing it efficiently and effectively, the PNM deserves an eight.”

On giving the Prime Minister a “ten out of ten,” Lezama-Lee Sing said, “In the PNM we call him leader phenomenal. I don’t think there is anybody other than the UNC spokespersons who have any challenges with the way Dr Rowley has led this country during this pandemic. He has taken hard decisions despite the detractors…despite every attempt by Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar and her band to diminish his work or distract or to make it seem that what the Prime Minister is doing is not the right thing.”

Lezama-Lee Sing said all the decisions made were in the country’s best interest.

She said in the last year, the Opposition tried to undermine every single initiative put forward by the Government.

In the face of battling the virus, she said Government had to deal with “the deliberate misinformation put out by the UNC.”

In addition, Lezama-Lee Sing said the UNC also peddled the propaganda that no virus exists, that the Government was not handling the pandemic well and instilled fear in people for taking the vaccine.

“It was deliberate mischief.”

Lezama-Lee said they have experienced “tremendous successes despite challenging circumstances.”

She admitted the Government experienced difficulties in providing some students with internet service and devices.

Also in the Auditor General’s 2020 report, it was discovered that some applicants of the social grants had double-dipped.

“It exposed a number of things. But it gives us an opportunity to regulate ourselves.”

Among the ministers Lezama-Lee Sing credited for their outstanding performances were Colm Imbert, Donna Cox, Faris Al-Rawi, Fitzgerald Hinds, Stuart Young, Clarence Rambharat and Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly.

“They have performed extremely creditably.”

She singled out Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh for being a true performer and patriot.

“Minister Deyalsingh has taken his professional expertise as a manager and somebody knowledgeable in the medicinal industry and he has applied it here in this pandemic. He has shown us what he is made of and he deserves every accolade that may be passed onto him.”