Commentary: The Fall of a Good Lady 

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By Neil Gosine

SO why do we really need a President of Trinidad and Tobago anymore after what we have seen by the performance of our President Paula-Mae Weekes and the way she’s dealt with her duties during her term in office?

President Weekes’ tenure as Trinidad and Tobago’s first woman President will go down in history as the first woman president that made so many missteps that we just felt ashamed and lost for words on many of the issues she dealt with.

One, in particular, was the Police Service Commission (PolSC) scandal that saw the ousting of Gary Griffith as top cop. The President part in removing Griffith is still marred in controversy and secrecy.

That fiasco has led to the resignation of the PolSC at the time and the country still not having a substantive top cop up to today. The Keith Rowley-led Government obviously has the majority in the House of Representatives, so they will have their say as to who will be the next President  when the Electoral College meets on January 20, 2023.

During her tenure, in many instances, we have received a deafening silence from her on what was to be done and left the state of our country in a worse state than before. Her silence, so profound at times that it seemed to have its own quality of desertion. The outcry of citizens could be heard from all quarters, looking for leadership and guidance from her but at last, the common man and woman got nothing but the deafening silence that rang so loud that it was almost surreal.

The President like the current administration has become callous, numb and hard-hearted to the suffering of the population, the number of citizens suffering grows every day and their administration has clearly underestimated the number of people in need of assistance at this time, but during her tenure did nothing of any significant significance to help the citizens.

It’s imperative now that we call a spade a spade and acknowledge what a total disappointment our President has been during her tenure when she could have been so much more to the population.

So much more than this. We needed her beacon to help carry a message of hope to the people, that all is not lost, to bring back this hope to our society. She could have done better by leading the charge and ensuring that the administration and Government opened their eyes to the suffering of our citizens.

She could have been so much more by leading the charge and actually putting her resources into soup kitchens, food hamper distribution and being an inspirational voice that will go a long way in giving hope and encouragement to the citizens instead of sitting in her ivory tower doing nothing really.

Where the current administration continues to ignore the cries of our people, we are all astounded and shocked by the callous behaviour and remarks that come from the administration. So Madam President, your time is up and in going out of the office I would urge you to do some self-reflection and ask yourself if you really made a difference in Trinidad and Tobago.

Neil Gosine is an insurance executive. He is also the treasurer of the UNC and a former chairman of the National Petroleum Marketing Company of Trinidad and Tobago. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration MBA, BSC in Mathematics and a BA in Administrative Studies. The views and comments expressed in this column are not necessarily those of AZP News, a Division of Complete Image Limited.


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