Let Rowley take National Security Ministry

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By Dr Neil Gosine

THE report laid in parliament on March 1 implicated that criminals in our country have acquired more than 1,000 illegal firearms and do so every year.

The detection and interception of these illegal firearms are less than 5%. This is a dismal statistic and with almost three persons being killed daily this island is possibly the worst and most dangerous island in the world. 

If this government is serious about crime then Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley should assume the post of national security minister and replace the current minister Fitzgerald Hinds – the most inept and incompetent minister of national security in the history of Trinidad and Tobago. Minister Hinds should be removed from the position forthwith. 


The honorable Minister Hinds has been an “abject failure” not my words but the words of the opposition leader in the office of national security and that Dr Rowley should not let the people suffer under his watch any longer. Dr Rowley should take over the ministry in addition to his role as prime minister.


The opposition leader Kamla Persad Bissessar on many occasions, has stated that the country has turned into a “war-zone” and was in a state of “anarchy”. She said that we are suffering from the number of serious crimes, including home invasions, murders, extortion, rapes and robberies and under her own initiative her anti crime talks are overflowing with attendees of the public that are suffering from crime. 

The Report of the Joint Select Committee (JSC) on National Security which looked at the prevalence of illegal arms was shocking when it was laid in Parliament last Friday as it revealed mismanagement, insufficient technical support, corruption by officials and this report cannot be ignored. The JSC highlighted the urgent need to have a separate agency dedicated to control and observe the entry of these illegal firearms in particular but also to monitor contraband into T&T. 

We really need the prime minister to stop dodging the issue and stop passing the buck to the people as he is overseeing the most dangerous and murderous period in our history and if he doesn’t act now the ramifications will be very dire.


No more excuses, step up to the plate and deal with the crime scourge. The first of them is taking control of the ministry and taking responsibility for the situation.

Deal with the traffickers in guns, deal with the contraband that comes in and is assisted by corrupt persons who allow them to pass through our borders.

Neil Gosine is an insurance executive. He was appointed a temporary Opposition Senator and is also the treasurer of the UNC and a former chairman of the National Petroleum Marketing Company of Trinidad and Tobago. He holds a Doctorate in Business Administration, 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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