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T&T celebrates 36 years as Republic today

Monday, September 24, 2012 | 1:04 PM    

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Trinidad and Tobago is celebrating its 36th year as a republic today with contrasting messages from the political directorate in the oil rich twin island republic.

Acting President Timothy Hamel-Smith has told the nation that the time has come to stop believing in fairy tales and do the work Trinidad and Tobago requires to become a better place to live.

"We must give up the notion that some fairy godmother is going to emerge to transform our land and fulfil our dreams. It is we the people, each of us individually and collectively working together, who will gain for us the prosperity which we desire," he said.

"It's time to take stock. At this juncture, we must ask ourselves where we are and what we have achieved after 50 years of Independence... there is no one coming to the rescue of Trinidad and Tobago. That is the job which we must do," he said.

For her part Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar said that “in this realm of positive reflection” citizens must also remember “we are a young nation state and there are still growing pains to be endured”.

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