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Youth Development Minister Foster Cummings 


Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley bouffed the media on Thursday for not putting questions to Minister Foster Cummings, but when he (Cummings) was approached yesterday he sidestepped requests for comment.

In fact, the Express had attempted several times in the recent past to interview ­Cumming­s, without success.

Yesterday, following the kick-starting of the Youth Agricultural Homestead Programme (YAHP) with the first cohort of the new initiative under the Ministry of Youth Development and National Service, headed by Cummings, he was approached by the media for comment.

Asked how he felt about Rowley’s response on the Special Branch report at Thursday’s post-Cabinet news conference, Cummings said:

“Today is a day we want to share good news. Today is a day for the young people of Trini­dad and Tobago as we move to develop them, as we move to provide all the opportunities for them.

“We have Minister (Nigel) De Freitas here, who is from the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries giving that type of support.

“We have Minister (Adrian) Leonce here, who is from the Ministry of Housing giving support from the Land Settlement Agency.

“I am going to dedicate today to the young people of Trinidad and Tobago and continue to support them as much as we can as a Government.”

When asked what was his next step after sending a pre-action protocol letter to Opposition Senator Jayanti Lutchmedial, he said: “My next step is to continue to work for the young people of Trinidad and Tobago.”

During his feature address at the event, he added: “Do you understand now why some people are panicking over the effect of this programme?

“That they feel that they must somehow put a stop to this kind of development. We will not be distracted.

“In politics you have to have a broad back. Not just a broad back to look good, but to also withstand the evil that you may have to encounter,” he said.


Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley cried “shame” on the UNC, as he slammed that party for having “the gall to seek to scold and castigate us (the PNM) on the issue of vulnerable children”.

Be prepared! There will be an active hurricane season this year.

This is according to the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS), which has described the 2022 wet season which began this week as volatile and erratic.

Despite the warmer start to the wet season, the TTMS has forecasted at least four named storms and two hurricanes that could affect Trinidad and Tobago in the coming months.

Robert Sabga is not going to call any names associated with a paedophile ring, but will cooperate with the police.

The former chairman of the 1997 task force into children’s homes also says Akiel Chambers’ murder could have been prevented if they were able to find evidence to bust the paedophile ring of 25 years ago.

An individual who was involved in a paedophile ring 25 years ago holds a very high office today and was also linked to the Akiel Chambers case, claims Robert Sabga, former chairman of the 1997 task force appointed to investigate children’s homes.

An excerpt from a video interview with Sabga was shown on Monday night at the United National Congress (UNC) virtual meeting.

THE Government must tell the country whether it was ordered by a London court to pay $1 billion in damages to Brazilian firm OAS Construtora over the wrongful termination of its contract to build the Solomon Hochoy Highway extension to Point Fortin.

Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal on Monday called on the Government to come clean about Trinidad and Tobago’s debt, saying it was mounting and not declining as claimed by Finance Minister Colm Imbert.

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