Minister for Equity, Social Justice and Empowerment, Lenard Montoute, has expressed condolences to the families of persons who lost their lives in recent killings.
“I wish to express my condolences to the families of those young people who lost their lives over the weekend and in particular, two of the murders occurred in the constituency of Gros Islet and I want to specifically express my condolences to the families,” the Gros Islet MP told reporters at a news conference on Monday,
Montoute said as Minister with responsibility for the social services, it is recognized that quite apart from law enforcement, a multi-pronged approach has to be taken in dealing with such situations.
He disclosed that the government recognized that to a great extent, there is a social aspect that gives rise to some situations which result in crime and the loss of life.
“We as a cluster of ministries will be meeting not just among ourselves, but with other agencies – other ministries, to ensure that we put in place some reaction so that whenever we make our interventions, whether in the short, medium or long term, we can have solutions really as far as our interventions are concerned,” Montoute stated.
The Minister said it was one thing to tell young people what they should or should not do.
“It is another thing to provide them with options,” Montoute pointed out.
He said after options are provided by way of employment and training, not only for employment but how to deal with conflicts and inter-personal relationships, law enforcement will have an easier job.
“Whatever enforcement that takes place will be a lot more justified as well,” Montoute said.
He was of the opinion that if a wider understanding is given to the public as to what is expected and the options available, there would be more cooperation.
The Minister said he was happy to know that several agencies including the Ministry of Justice, the Prime Minister’s Office and the social services will come together to ensure a comprehensive approach to addressing once and for all, the situations that are facing the country.