The seventh Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago has been sworn in. The ceremony took place at Queen’s Hall this afternoon with President Anthony Carmona swearing in the Peoples National Movement’s (PNM) Dr Keith Rowley as Prime Minister, to a large crowd consisting of Government officials and students from secondary schools from across the twin island republic.
San Fernando West MP and PNM PRO Faris Al Rawi, was also sworn in as the nation’s new Attorney General. Retired Major General Edmund Dillon, who is also the MP for Point Fortin, was sworn in as the new Minister of National Security.
In his inaugural speech as the new Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Dr Rowley said what motivates him is a sense of responsibility to the young people of Trinidad and Tobago. “I used to ask myself,” he said, “Who is looking out for them, what exactly are they going out to meet?” Dr Rowley, 65, says that those who had made it, had a responsibility to those who are on their way and advocated that if the country was to be successful moving forward he would like for citizens to leave a lot for youth to develop on.
The new National Security Minister, Dillon, was the first Minister to be named. The Prime Minister says that this was because his Government recognises National Security as one of the country’s biggest issues and wanted to address it from the onset of their administration.
Dillon, in an address to the media, said that there would be a review of the security infrastructure of the country in order to determine whether it was relevant to security threats. He said that the Ministry of National security would be examining the recent purchases of the former administration, of coastal patrol vessels to determine whether they were capable of covering the country’s porous maritime borders. There would also be an examination into the purchase of armoured vehicles
The National Security Minister says that he plans to meet with the Acting Commissioner of Police, Stephen Williams and the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Brigadier General Kenrick Maharaj, on Wednesday. “We will deal with the security of tenure of the Commissioner of Police. I think it is very important to ensure the police service is steady and they respect his leadership.”
He said discussions will take place on whether the country had the right people, systems and processes to fight crime and improve security and that he would not rule out bringing back the Special Anti-Crime Unit of Trinidad and Tobago (SAUTT).
The Prime Minister gave his assurance that the team that the people elected as the Government of Trinidad and Tobago would make every effort to be the best that they can be. The remainder of the cabinet is to be appointed on Friday.