Young defends no shutdown decision

Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Stu­art Young has again de­fend­ed the Gov­ern­ment's han­dling of this week­end's flood­ing which af­fect­ed com­mu­ni­ties across Trinidad and To­ba­go.

Speak­ing at a joint press con­fer­ence at his Tem­ple Court of­fice in Port-of-Spain hours ago, Young ac­cused Op­po­si­tion MPs of at­tempt­ing to politi­cise the is­sue by us­ing false in­for­ma­tion to crit­i­cise Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ters.

"The Prime Min­is­ter is not in­to pho­to op­por­tu­ni­ties or pub­lic re­la­tions. He is not go­ing to be seen de­liv­er­ing a case of wa­ter or climb­ing out of a ca­noe," Young said as he re­peat­ed­ly stat­ed that he and his col­leagues were co­or­di­nat­ing res­cue and re­lief op­er­a­tions through­out the week­end.

"This Gov­ern­ment is not about pub­lic­i­ty. It is about try­ing to de­liv­er to our cit­i­zens so they can get their lives back to­geth­er." Young al­so de­fend­ed the Gov­ern­ment's de­ci­sion not to de­clare a na­tion­wide shut­down to­day.

"We made a judge­ment call and we stand by it," Young said as he sug­gest­ed that the pro­posed move would have di­rect­ly ham­pered on­go­ing clean-up op­er­a­tions.

"If the Gov­ern­ment had closed down the coun­try, would gro­ceries, hard­wares and phar­ma­cies be open?" he asked.

Young claimed there was no is­sue of traf­fic along the Uri­ah But­ler High­way as the north­bound lane, which is be­ing tem­porar­i­ly used as a dual car­riage­way, was clear ear­ly this morn­ing.

Reporter: Derek Achong

Source: TT Guardian