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The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government commissions a Bailey Bridge in Sixth Company

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March 16, 2018 Kent House, Maraval – Over 100 persons will benefit from the newly installed Bailey Bridge in Sixth Company, Circular Road. This installment was a joint effort between the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government and the Ministry of Works and Transport after an urgent request from the MP for Moruga/Tableland Dr. the Hon. Lovell Francis.

Earlier today, Minister Haji Kazim Hosein joined with MP for Moruga/Tableland Dr. the Hon. Lovell Francis, Chairman Gowrie Roopnarine, Chief Executive Officer Ms. Magdalene Matthews, members of Council and Administration of the Princes Town Regional Corporation as well as residents to commission the Bailey Bridge. This installment represents local government reform taking effect as it provides ease of access for the residents and small businesses throughout Sixth Company, as well as along Hamilton Street, Moruga Road, Hindustan Road and the Naparima Mayaro Road.

Minister Hosein commended the efforts of the Princes Town Regional Corporation saying, “I am very happy to be commissioning this bailey bridge this morning. I would like to thank the very hard-working member of Parliament for Moruga/Tableland Dr. Lovell Francis, Chairman Gowrie Roopnarine and Chief Executive Officer Ms. Matthews for their collaborative efforts to complete this bridge in such a short period of time. We at the Ministry are going into the rural communities with our ‘Wooden Bridges Replacement Programme’ where the technical staff at Head Office have been identifying the wooden bridges in critical condition, especially in rural communities such as these and making the necessary arrangements for them to be replaced. We have completed two similar projects like this one in the Diego Martin region and in Icacos, recently.”

He further added, “We at the Ministry will continue to work together with each corporation to ensure that the people receive the assistance that they need in a timely manner. It is our duty to serve the citizens and we will do so to the best of our capabilities.”



Local Government Reform consultation in Arima

The Borough of Chaguanas hosted its round of the Local Government Reform public consultation at the multipurpose auditorium of the Chaguanas Borough Corporation on March 17th 2016.

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DMUs on site as Volcanic Eruptions occur at Devil’s Woodyard, New Grant

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February 13th, 2018 Kent House, Maraval – At around 6:30pm last night, reports were received by the Princes Town Disaster Management Unit via their 24 Hour Toll-Free Hotline that volcanic activity was detected at Devil’s Woodyard, Hindustan Road, New Grant.

Senior Disaster Management Coordinator at the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government, Mr. Rishi Siew accompanied by personnel from the Princes Town DMU visited the site and confirmed these reports and further advised members of the public to be cautious when traversing the area.

Acting Minister of Rural Development and Local Government and Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries Senator the Honorable Clarence Rambharat urges citizens to be cautious saying, “I understand that people are anxious to view the volcanic eruptions however at this time, I strongly urge all residents and citizens to avoid going to the site and allow the emergency first responders and Seismic personnel to do their work in order to get this situation under control and prevent any incidents.”

At this time the Chairman of the Princes Town Regional Corporation, Councillor Gowrie Roopnarine, along with the Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service, the Environmental Management Authority (EMA), the Princes Town Disaster Management Unit and Senior Disaster Management Coordinator in the Ministry are on site, coordinating efforts in order to ensure safety and security for all residents and by extension citizens.

Citizens are kindly asked to be vigilant and proceed with caution when traversing the area.




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Minister Haji Kazim Hosein congratulates Batch 1/2017 of Municipal Police Constables


March 10, 2018 Kent House, Maraval – Yesterday, the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government hosted a Graduation Ceremony to congratulate the 26 Municipal Police Constables from Batch 1/2017.

The event was held at the City Hall Auditorium, San Fernando and was well-attended by local government practitioners as well as friends and families of the graduating batch. The graduating class comprised of 23 women and 3 men which was duly noted by all speakers as a movement towards gender balance in the service, on the heels of International Women’s Day.

These officers will be placed across the 10 Regional Corporations that fall under the Public Service Commission (PSC) adding to the present complement of Municipal Police Constables, with the task of ensuring citizens’ safety and security.