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 https://bit.ly/2CxPR8x