Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley on Tuesday warned Trinidad and Tobago nationals that the quality of life they now enjoy is in great danger if they do not “behave properly” given the economic challenges facing the oil-rich twin island republic.

Central Bank Governor Jwala Rambarran last week said that the country is “officially” in a recession, and Rowley speaking at the launch of the report of the Women’s Institute for Alternative Development, said Trinidadians needed to ask themselves, “what can we afford under the current circumstances?”

Rowley said that his three-month-old administration “intends to be brutally honest with the people of Trinidad and Tobago to make sure they do what is going to save them from what is pending”.

Last weekend, Finance Minister Colm Imbert said the government was seeking to defer payment of billions of dollars in arrears to public servants after accusing the former People’s Partnership Government of going on a spending spree prior to the September 7th general election.

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