Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says he remains deeply concerned about the "wanton violence" plaguing Trinidad and Tobago and strongly condemns the recent unlawful killing of teen farmer, Leon Bebe.
A statement by the Office of the Prime Minister says that from all accounts, Bebe, 19, was an ambitious and hardworking entrepreneur who fully immersed himself in the field of agriculture.
Opposition Member of Parliament Dr Roodal Moonilal says Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley was known for shoddy work and high costs when he was the Minister of Housing in a previous government.
Dr Moonilal was weighing in on Dr Rowley's reappointment as Minister of Housing on Monday.
The following is Dr Moonilal's statement:
"Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley's return to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development is a disturbing throwback to an earlier and troubling period when this vital portfolio fell under his watch.
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is calling on the prime minister to reveal what new information he got that led him to dismiss Minister Darryl Smith.
Persad-Bissessar says the prime minister should have dismissed Smith before.
She issued the following statement on Tuesday:
"Four days ago Keith Rowley had confidence in every member of his Cabinet and one day ago he still had confidence in Darryl Smith despite the swirl of allegations of sexual harassment, misconduct and incompetence reported in the national media.
"On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, I wish to offer heartfelt congratulations to Michelle-Lee Ahye on her well-deserved victory today in the 100m women’s final at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.
Ms. Ahye’s superb performance is undoubtedly the result of hard work and dedication developed over the course of many years.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says Caribbean Airlines worked the airbridge "remarkably well" over the Easter weekend and added that it was wrong to say that Tobago was cut off from Trinidad.
This comes amid complains that hundreds were left stranded at the Crown Point airport for days awaiting a return to Trinidad.
Dr Rowley, who was in Tobago for the Easter weekend, told today's post-Cabinet news conference that there were 3,000 seats that were not used over the period.
The Office of the Prime Minister has said that Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has received a report into what led to this country objecting to Dominica's request to forego the OAS fees in light of its recovery from devastating hurricanes last year,
A statement by the Office of the Prime Minister says that upon his return to Trinidad from Tobago today, the prime minister received a full report of the details of the OAS mishap.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley will meet with the Joint Consultative Council for the Construction Industry (JCC) at 10 am on Friday 13, April 2018 at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), St Clair, a statement by OPM said.
The PM's office says this meeting follows the prime minister’s announcement earlier this year that he will chair a Ministerial Committee for the Construction Industry.
The committee will include the relevant government ministers and representatives from the various professional bodies which form the JCC.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is encouraging the nation to spend time becoming familiar with the history and significance of Shouter Baptists' struggle.
The prime minister issued the following statement in recognition of the Shouter Baptists Liberation Day on Friday.
"As the Spiritual Baptist Community celebrates the 67th anniversary of its freedom from oppression, on behalf of my family and the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, I extend heartfelt wishes for a safe and happy Spiritual Baptist Liberation Day.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is calling on the nation not withhold its hands from doing well when it is in ones power to do so.
The Office of the Prime Minister issued Dr Rowley's Easter message today:
"Fellow citizens of Trinidad and Tobago,
On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and my family, I wish to convey sincere greetings to the Christian community on the occasion of Good Friday. This holy day, which commemorates the death of Jesus Christ on the cross at Calvary, is one of the most significant events in the Christian calendar.