Young denounces Duke's 'get out' calls

Minister of National Security and Communications, Stuart Young, has condemned a decision by the president of the Public Service Association (PSA), Watson Duke, to call on workers to vacate their offices following an aftershock this morning.

Duke used a loudspeaker to make his called as he walked through streets of the capital city.

But speaking at today's post-Cabinet news conference, Young denounced Duke's call.

"We are getting reports of Mr Watson Duke making his way throughout Port-of-Spain and encouraging workers to leave the workplace. That is denounceable and completely irresponsbile and he is engageing in disruptive behaviour," Young said. 

He noted that apart from his role as PSA president, Duke is also involved in active politics as Minority Leader of the Tobago House of Assembly.

The Minister also condemned persons engaged in spreading fake news.

"As a government and Minister of National Security, I personally denounce all of those persons who are circulating fake news. This is very irresponsible. It is something that is completely denounced and it is unacceptale," he said.

He as pointed to the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) as a proper source of communications during periods like this.

The minister said the Fire Services has been making checks on schools and chemiclas at labs to see if anything needed cleaning up.

He said health centres are being monitored and that engineers at state are making their way around to check in buildings.

"We thank God that at this stage no report of fatalities or any serious injury," Young said.




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