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56 years and growing

Published: 
Friday, August 31, 2018

As the nation celebrates its 56th anniversary of Independence today, some will say there is a lot to celebrate while others will challenge this. This may be because of the spectre of uncertainty hanging over the operations of state-owned Petrotrin after over 100 years of business in the oil industry - the company in itself being one of the country’s significant milestones over the years.

All things aside though, T&T has come a long way since lowering the Union Jack and hoisting its own colours - red, white and black - and adopting the watchwords of discipline, production and tolerance.

It was with a sense of pride that then Prime Minister Dr Eric Williams, riding on the back of a nationalism drive, sought and gained Independence on August 31, 1962. At the time, it was believed the country could shoulder its own weight going forward. The road has not always been an easy one and there were good times and bad times along the way.

As we look back on history as well, certain aspects will stand out. These are the times when our outstanding nationals in various fields made us proud.

Today, as we stand on the cusp of celebrating another year, we celebrate those who have sacrificed to ensure we were able to raise our national flag today and those who have brought international acclaim for this twin-island state.

President Paula-Mae Weekes will oversee her first Independence Day Parade today as the first-ever female Commander in Chief. In a way, it is fitting that an individual who has burned a new trail is at the helm today, since what T&T now needs going forward will undoubtedly be another burst of strong national pride.

Bold move by PoSCC

The Port-of-Spain City Corporation must be lauded for its bold move to oust a city engineer for non-performance during a statutory meeting earlier this week. When all was said and done, the public officer, if we are to believe their argument, was failing to perform his duties adequately, which in turn was leading to the public being inconvenienced.

We are all too familiar with similar situations in other state entities, so for this bold move we laud the councillors who not only raised the issue but acted on it immediately. Having said that, we hope that the councillors will also audit their own performances as vigorously and apply similar action in future.

Good promise to keep

We would like to congratulate the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs for redeeming itself by finally handing over the $439,000 it had promised to the T&T women’s volleyball for their participation in the FIVB World Championships in Japan. The team will create history when it takes the court next month and they certainly deserve peace of mind ahead of their task.

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