Kamla Persad-Bissessar. Azlan Mohammed/AZPNews
By Sue-Ann Wayow
AS the year draws to a close, citizens must be thankful for most importantly health and the ability to still meet with loved ones even on a much smaller scale.
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar in her Christmas message to the nation said regardless of individual beliefs, the story of Christmas has always been one of hope and faith which has offered great inspiration, comfort, and spiritual upliftment.
She said, “If there ever was a year when our world needed the hope and faith, it is this year, 2020, given the phenomenal hardships and unforeseen global upheavals due to the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Persad-Bissessar also said citizens must support each other, especially those who could not be assisted by the government.
“Many within our nation have lost loved ones, or have been displaced, or lost their jobs. Others have been unable to return home due to the closure of our borders and the stringent policies for repatriation of our citizens put in place by the government.
Indeed, many of the measures put in place to deal with the health crisis have fallen short, failing to meet the needs of citizens. The failure of the Government to reach many of those in need means that this Christmas meets many of our citizens in desperate need of basic necessities including medication and food. Let us help those we can,” she said.
However, with resilience, Trinidad and Tobago will overcome circumstances she added.
She said, “Christmas teaches us that miracles, deliverance and salvation are all possible when one has faith in the will of God and trust in his purpose. The lesson for us all is that no matter how tough the circumstances may become, we must always place our trust in God’s plan. Today, while the present dilemma facing our world seems grim and the present circumstances facing our nation seem grave, we need to draw upon our faith in God to rebuild.”
Persad-Bissessar said, “It is my hope that citizens enjoy a peaceful, joyful and safe Christmas with close family, and that you stay safe and healthy as we welcome the opportunities that may come with the New Year. May God continue to bless each of you and may God continue to bless our very great nation, Trinidad and Tobago.”