‘No substitute for hard work’

This assurance was given by acting Prime Minister. Jack Warner, who was speaking to the media during a visit to the Presentation College in Chaguanas. He assured that Prime Minister Kamla Persad- Bissessar would appoint someone suitable for the position.

On Monday Mohommed’s appointment as president was revoked by President George Maxwell Richards following controversy over statements he made about a racial imbalance existing in the Police Service. “In the fullness of time she will decide. I am quite sure she will decide on somebody fit and proper.” he said.

Warner also said, he has taken part in the selection of each state boards, and he would not have taken part if he was not convinced that they were “equitably distributed”. “In fact over the years people have been neglected for so long that some may show a kind of disparity.” he said. Adding that in every board selected , the Prime Minister has insisted that the board be a reflection of the society . “That has been her mantra.” Warner emphasized. Yesterday at the school, Warner however offered words of encouragement to students that “no matter their situation they must always excel, and aim for the highest”.

“ It does not matter where you come from, or where you were born. You still need to work hard. There is no substitute for hard work. Let the sky be your limit.....” Warner advised students. Warner is also a past pupil of the school.

The acting Prime Minister met with school principal, Gary Ribero, and greeted students and teachers.

In addressing the student population Warner who gave a brief biography about himself, said that his journey in the rural community of Rio Claro which however, was not a deterrent for him. “I cut cane, catch crab, planted rice and I understood what it meant to live hard, ” he admitted. Warner who had the full attention of the students, said that going to school he also encountered peer pressure as his classmates would laugh at him for different reasons such as having “dog ears” in his books, or only being able to afford one school pants. But despite the negative challenges he faced, Warner said he continued to work harder and strive for excellence. “I graduated with eight distinctions in grade one.” He added.“It does not matter what hurdles you have to overcome. You have to have a vision, and you have to understand that this is just the beginning .There is no easy road to success. And you don’t have to worry about being too poor or rich .The only person to prevent you from achieving success is your self.”

Warner also sat in a chair in one of the classrooms which he recalled being taught as a student years ago.

He was also presented with a pin to signify being an “Ole boy” at Presentation College Chaguanas. Also present was Chaguanas Mayor Orlando Nargessar.


"‘No substitute for hard work’"

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