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Port-of-Spain mayor Murchison Brown is calling on the business community to assist in the beautification of Port-of-Spain and other cities in the country.

He made the appeal yesterday during a function at PTSC compound in City Gate to mark the restoration of the Port-of-Spain lighthouse.

“I would like to appeal to all corporate citizens to please join us in the beautification of Port-of-Spain and by extension the rest of the country,” Brown told a small audience, which included SWMCOL executive chairman Ray Braithwaite and senior Cepep field officer Cipriani Baptiste.

“Too many occasions I keep hearing ‘What is the mayor doing?’ ‘What is the Government doing?’

I want to find out from the corporate citizens, what are you doing to help us to at least ensure that our environment maintains that pristine glory?

“There are many sites in Port-of-Spain that need to be upgraded, so we will welcome the assistance of all the corporate people who have offices in the city, who make good business and profits from operating in the city of Port-of-Spain.”

Brown said he was disappointed that many entrepreneurs in the city did not beautify their businesses with lights during the Christmas season.

“This is something that our business people should pay some attention to,” he said, assuring that the corporation would work closely with the Ministry of Works and NGOs to beautify the capital city.

Brown also said citizens must also play their part in preserving historical monuments.

“I have been doing a lot of travelling to other countries and sometimes when I hear criticisms of our city, I say to myself I wish some of those people could travel and see what happens in other cities,” he said.

“I think that instead of us being too critical of ourselves, what we can do is to take a lot more civic pride in our own environment.”

The lighthouse, built in 1880, was restored by the Highways Beautification Unit of the Ministry of Works, in collaboration with Berger Paints, Corbin Communications and volunteers of the United Nations Development Programme.

It was painted to celebrate the Soca Warriors, who have qualified for next year’s Fifa World Cup in Germany.

Works Minister Colm Imbert’s remarks were read by deputy permanent secretary James Howard.

Ronald Murray, of Corbin Communications and Berger Paints’ Bernard Clarke also spoke.

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