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PM: Let’s work together to build T&T
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has urged citizens to work together to build T&T to rid the nation of hunger, poverty, violence and inequity. She said T&T was a country with prosperity for all. She said every citizen should put “our proverbial shoulders to the grind and turn the wheels of national development to make our dreams a reality.” The Prime Minister made the statement in her Christmas message to the nation.
She said Christmas was a time to put aside all differences and to reach out to fellow human beings in a spirit of love and forgiveness. “It is important for us to refocus, re-evaluate, and to redirect our thoughts on the Christ Child and the message He embodied,” she said.
Persad-Bissessar said it was her special Christmas prayer that the light of understanding would abide in every human heart.
She added: “Let us plan and work together in harmony so that the blessing of peace shall come to our nation and every nation. May the true meaning of Christmas continue to guide us in all our future ways.” She said Christmas provided “us with the opportunity to bring out the best in ourselves and to give meaning and action to the message of Christ today and every day by the way we live and by the way we treat with each other.” She said there were many people who were hurting.
She added: “Who else can offer help but us? When we accept this innate divine calling we follow in the steps of Jesus who came, not to be served, but to serve. “All too often we can get caught up in the ‘busy-ness’ of the Christmas season and we forget what it is really about. “We get overly concerned about the curtains, the food, the gifts, etc, that we lose sight of the most important thing, the birth of Jesus and what it means for all of us.
“This beautiful event sometimes becomes lost in the revelry, succumbing to over-indulgence and compromised by consumerism and base tendencies, all anathema to the real and true spirit of the holy season.” She said: “As we open the doors of hospitality to our colleagues, friends and family this Christmas, let us also open the doors of our hearts to those in need.” She said as Prime Minister she was mindful of her responsibilities.
“I always endeavour to keep in my mind the well-being of all my fellow citizens. “The real mandate of every government is to work for the benefit of all citizens, especially the most needy and vulnerable in society. “This is a responsibility that my government will not shirk for we recognise and appreciate that this is essential to good governance, holistic development and prosperity,” she said.
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