Executive chairman of Citadel Ltd, Louis Lee Sing is calling for the replacement of unemployment relief programmes such as Community-based Environmental Protection Enhancement Programme (Cepep) with the Compulsory National Service. Lee Sing made the call during his presentation at the one-day symposium titled 'A case for Compulsory National Service' at City Hall, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
He said, "Programmes like Cepep and URP have not made any significant contribution to T&T. It provides no real meaning to the country." He added that he was making a proposal to the Government that funds from these programmes be diverted to the compulsory national service programmes. Lee Sing said this new service would be targeting men between the ages of 15 and 25 who were unemployed and not at school.