The Government will not apologise for having the will to take the fight to the criminals says Works and Infrastructure Minister Jack Warner. Speaking with the media on Monday, after meeting with finalists of the Miss T&T Independence competition, Warner expressed his full support for the state of emergency implemented by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar on Sunday. "Before now, no Government had the guts or will to take the fight to the criminals...We are not in anyway going to apologise for doing what is right," he said.
He added that there would be inconveniences of various degrees, but felt citizens would have to bear with inconveniences for the good of the country. Warner said he was convinced that the vast majority of the people would support these measures. "For over ten years, this country has been living in a self-imposed state of emergency, people have been going home and refusing to come out, and refusing to walk in certain parts of the country," Warner said. He described the fear and anxiety people faced when leaving their homes as part of the self-imposed state of emergency. "Now we have made it official for a short period to bring the country back to a sense of normalcy," he said. "This country will not bend to the criminals."
Warner said the state of emergency would affect some of the projects under his ministry's portfolio.
"It will affect drainage work and work on the highway as well as work in Princes Town, La Brea and Point Fortin," he added. He said work would be expedited on surveillance bays on the highway so police could take quick action on reports of criminal activities. Warner met with the seven finalists of the Miss T&T Independence pageant. The pageant takes place on Sunday at the Hyatt Regency in Port-of-Spain.