The honourable prime minister stated, “As a Government, we are truly concerned that too many of our young people are dying as a result of senseless killing.”
Addressing over three hundred young people at the inaugural youth forum held at the Royal St. Kitts Hotel, Dr. Harris said, “We intend to work with everyone in society and to provide the support to law enforcement to ensure that the scourge of criminal activity is no more a part of socio-economic fabric of St. Kitts and Nevis.”
Prime Minister Harris, who is also Minister of National Security, indicated that his Team Unity administration, as well as the various law enforcement agencies, is committed to the task, but noted that, “We can only succeed if all of us, in particular you the young people, want to bring an end to lawlessness and crime and each of can do something.”
The prime minister told the young people in attendance at Thursday’s forum that the simple act of speaking up and reporting what they know or may have seen can go a long way in tackling crime.
“At the very least, when we see some criminal activity, we can say something. Say something to our pastor, say something to a responsible adult or say something to a law enforcement officer, for the life that we save might be our very own. So the peace of the country is a shared responsibility,” Prime Minister Harris stressed.
The successful National Consultation on YOUth was attended by young people of the various second schools in the country, tertiary-level institutions, Special Olympics, the St. Kitts and Nevis Association of Persons with Disabilities, sporting organizations, as well as young entrepreneurs.