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$10 million waste
The People’s National Movement and United National Congress return to Parliament on Monday to discuss a matter which, as far as this media house is concerned, is a waste of their time and John Public’s. At this point, the T&T Police Service (TTPS) is still without a full-time Police Commissioner and the preceding exercise to find a candidate has cost taxpayers $10 million with absolutely nothing to show for it. Monday’s exercise it would be easy to reason can also come to no other conclusion.
Given all that transpired during the flawed process conducted by the Police Service Commission (PSC), there is almost no chance of recovering anything from it. The entire exercise must be restarted because of the questions that linger over the method of recruitment. In fact, it is now almost impossible for the PSC as currently constituted to conduct the exercise.
However, there is no escaping the urgency of recruiting and installing a CoP in the shortest time possible. Regardless of the PSC’s financial woes, efforts should be made to restart the process ensuring that a proper system is employed and that it is conducted by individuals whose credibility has not been tainted by the recent fiasco.
Education and awareness
A lot of trouble and confusion could be avoided if the Government and state agencies would put more effort into communication.
Take, for example, the recent matter of motor vehicle inspections. It was bad enough that the Ministry of Works and its agencies did not even have inspection stickers in stock. However, adding to the confusion was the lack of accurate information about the process, so that even motorists who had complied with the regulation were in a panic over the possibility of being fined $5000 for not having that unavailable sticker.
There was, not unexpectedly, a lot of panic as vehicle owners formed long queues at inspection stations and Licensing Division offices.
To bring some ease to the situation, there is now a five-month moratorium, giving motorists time to get things in order before they face a penalty.
All this could have been avoided if, starting months ahead of any compliance deadlines, a campaign of public education and awareness had been conducted.
It is important that these campaigns be carried out not only on social media platforms but through legacy media and in public spaces. The time and effort spent to get the message out is sure to spare citizens stress and panic.
Hello and goodbye
There has been a changing of the guard at the Caribbean Court of Justice. On Wednesday evening, during the official opening ceremony of the Caricom Heads of Government Summit in Jamaica, Justice Adrian Saunders was officially installed as the new CCJ President.
Best wishes to Justice Saunders for a successful tenure and deepest gratitude to outgoing President Sir Denis Byron for his years of service.
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