National Security Council to get report on PoS shootings
By Cecily Asson Thursday, October 3 2013
The shooting of three men on Nelson Street, Port-of-Spain will be discussed at today’s National Security Council meeting, to be chaired by Acting Prime Minister, Dr Roodal Moonilal.
The men, Cuthbert Stanisclaus, 22, Anderson Barnett, 22, both of Laventille, and Youlanes Collis, 18, remain in serious condition at Port-of-Spain General Hospital after they were shot in a van at about 4 pm Tuesday.
The shooting raised fears of a resurgence of gun violence in east Port-of-Spain, following several murders, including the gruesome discovery of a man’s severed head and body, and the killings of teenagers, in recent months.
“We are having a National Security Council meeting tomorrow (today) in which the Minister of National Security (Gary Griffith) will give a report on the last week in terms of crime and so on. The various heads of the protective services will also present themselves and these matters will be discussed,” Moonilal told reporters in Debe yesterday.
Moonilal was attending a rededication ceremony at which the Ramai Trace SDMS Primary School was renamed, Dr Roodal Moonilal Ramai Trace SDMS Primary School, in his honour.
In the aftermath of the murders of 16-year-old cousins Naim Antoine and Rasheeda Gomez, who lived at Duncan Street, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, accompanied by Moonilal, the Minister of Housing, and other Government ministers met residents to discuss their concerns about crime.
A building is currently being refurbished to house a police/army post among the apartment complexes in the district.
Moonilal promised that “within a few days time” the Duncan Street Police Post will be opened by the Prime Minister and “hopefully it will help with policing in that area.”
Commenting on the St Joseph bye-election, due to take place on November 4, Moonilal, who is also UNC deputy political leader, said the party is yet to begin screening for a candidate.
Also responding to recent polls which give the UNC the edge over the PNM in terms of the popular vote, but also showed the UNC was behind the PNM in some areas, Moonilal said the party would continue to work hard in communities.
Earlier at the re-dedication ceremony, Education Minister Tim Gopeesingh, who addressed the audience, promised to rebuild the 9Dr Roodal Moonilal Ramai Trace SDMS Primary School which is now cramped.
He said, “Once you can provide an alternate site to house the children for the maximum of a six month period, we will build a new Ramai Trace Hindu School to house 200 students.”
He said President General of the SDMS Dharamachrya Pundit Utham Maharaj has been trying to assist him in rebuilding several other Hindu schools.
Gopeesingh said the building which once housed the Marabella Junior Secondary School, which he prevented from being demolished, would be handed over to the SDMS to use as their secondary school.