Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley met with members of the newly-appointed Community Recovery Programme Team at the Diplomatic Centre today.

Last Thursday the Prime Minister announced the establishment of this team which will evaluate and design a path forward for communities in need.

Today he told the team which is led by Anthony Watkins, that they “have been selected on this committee to find working solutions to address some chronic problems which can be found in urban and semi-urban communities."

According to a statement from the Office of the Prime Minister, Rowley said the issue is not geographical but rather socio-economic and urged team members to focus on creating vehicles for people who want to be transported out of a situation that is getting the better of them.

Rowley gave the group the assurance that “as far as the country is able to - through the national executive - we will provide the resources to implement the solutions that you think ought to be actionable in all these communities.”

The Prime Minister added three more individuals to the committee since his announcement last Thursday. They are:

Dr Keron Victor - Economist

Hasely Crawford - Olympian

Christopher “Jillionaire” Leacock - Music Producer

The team will be led by:

Anthony Watkins - Consultant and expert in social pathology/ mental health, correctional services, and psychiatric forensic assessment.

Other team members include:

Dr the Hon Nyan Gadsby-Dolly - Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts

Mrs Nichola Harvey-Mitchell - Director of the Children's Authority

Mr Jamaal Shabazz - Former Trinidad and Tobago Football Manager

Mr Hans des Vignes - Television Personality and Radio Broadcaster

Mr Curtis Toussaint - Motivational Speaker and Consultant

Ms Akosua Edwards - Author, Speaker


Roodal Moonilal has received the endorsement of former Tabaquite MP Dr Suruj Rambachan as the next leader of the UNC and prime minister.

Speaking at a virtual meeting in Oropouche East on Friday night, Rambachan said he had been a colleague of Moonilal for some time and the ten years he spent with him in Parliament, he learned a lot from him, not only in terms of the management of parliamentary affairs but also in terms of his capacity for building a political institution and for the team he created, especially when he was leader of Government Business in the Parliament.