Political Leader of the Tobago Forwards Christlyn Moore is calling on Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Chief Secretary Kelvin Charles to enquire from the Central Government what happens to the migrants after the one-year registration timeline has ended and whether the migrants’ presence will affect this country’s overall annual budget.
In a press release on Friday, Moore raised the issue, while calling on Charles to additionally state the Assembly’s plans for integrating the migrants into Tobago’s population.
Moore said her party supported the efforts of Tobagonians to assist migrants.
“The Tobago Forwards supports the ordinary residents of Tobago and the Tobago Business community in closing some of the logistical and humanitarian gaps in the Venezuelan migrant registration process. Tobagonians have always had a reputation of being warm and welcoming of strangers and will continue to help where they can,” she said. However, she questioned the THA’s inaction noting that she is concerned with the lack of information coming from the Central Government and the Chief Secretary on this and other national issues.
“Wake up Kelvin Charles.
“Has our health care system and school system been placed in a state of readiness to respond to an outbreak of communicable diseases? What steps will the THA be taking to help manage this process? What additional security will be put in place to help protect residents and citizens in light of human trafficking and criminal migration realities.”
Sunday Newsday attempted to contact Charles for comment, however, all calls went unanswered.