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Friday, 21 April 2017 09:34

Former National Operations Centre Head Calling For Strengthened Border Controls

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The Siparia Regional Corporation, the body in charge of the Cedros Port, is expressing concern about a possible influx of nationals from Venezuela to this country in light of the civil unrest taking place there.

Dr. Glenn Ramadharsingh said he and the Councillor for the area have been monitoring the situation to ensure there is no real social impact detrimental to the locals there.

As it relates to the economy, he said Trinidad and Tobago is not in a good place and efforts must be made to look out for its citizens.

He said there must be accountability from the Customs and Immigration service’s reporting to the Ministry of National Security.

Meanwhile, the former Head of the National Operations Centre, Gavin Heerah, says the authorities here need to strengthen our border control and maritime wall and review and enhance the technologically driven surveillance capabilities.

This as he said the ongoing civil unrest in neighbouring Venezuela  must be a grave concern not only for Trinidad and Tobago but for CARICOM, especially as Guyana and Suriname are joined to Venezuela by terrain borders. 

Mr. Heerah said the utilization of a coordinated joint agency approach must now be seriously considered as the probability of an increased influx of Venezuelans fleeing their homeland for a better, safer and more secured life here in T&T is real.

He noted the threat of the Venezuelan “melt down” should be raised at the CARICOM level and contingencies need to be explored from a Regional standpoint.

 

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