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Challenges of the Fishery
The macabre jouvert stage for officeholders to parade.

The macabre jouvert stage for officeholders to parade.

Date: February 23rd 2019

Dear Editor/Newsroom,

Can illegal guns ever be eradicated if our country’s maritime borders are wide open?

As long as our maritime borders continue to remain unsecured, unprotected and exposed to Venezuelan smugglers gun eradication will continue to be a macabre jouvert stage for officeholders to parade.

Years after taking office our Prime Ministers Government continue to fail our country by an inability to protect our borders. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. On November 7th his lead Minister of National Security is recorded in the Hansard as saying in Parliament that “the Cabinet has taken a decision to restore 14 Coast Guard (CG) interceptors, back into service in the shortest possible time” to secure our porous borders! It is an embarrassing fact that most of the CG vessels are still in a state of disrepair. This is cause for serious action and alarm. Decades of empty radar promises, and tens of millions later, but where are promised radars? Did we ever have them or were they simply more hollow promises for the macabre stage?

Fourteen weeks and countless illegal contraband trips later, our Government hasn’t given any update whatsoever on the repair of CG vessels! How many, if any, of these dilapidated CG vessels have been repaired? This silence while our fishers are in Kidnapping danger, while every imaginable substance, armament and product flows freely into our land. The Commissioner of Police has stated that sophisticated drones are to be deployed, but have they been deployed? Will they ever be? And at what cost? Will they be duly tendered, or will our PM purchase them in Australia without consulting or any tendering procedure? Where is the promised accountability, consultation or transparency (ACT). We must act now to save our nation!

One must wonder how effective our Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) can be in controlling murder or removing guns, hallucinogens or crack cocaine off our streets if our borders are wide open for “johnny come lately” smugglers to replenish? While our borders are open there is no control. Its like bailing a vessel instead of closing the leak.

Until our borders are secure there will be an escalating anarchy with specialized military equipment and guns, human trafficking, sex rings, kidnapping, robbery and crime of every type invading us from our collapsed Southern neighbor. And of course our suited office holders will continue to tirelessly dance their dance on the macabre jouvert stage.

Sincerely,

Gary Aboud

Corporate Secretary Fishermen and Friends of the Sea

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