A caution from Opposition Senator, Jearleen John, that the pending increase in the electricity rates could erode the purchasing power of the population.
Ms John repeated the call made by her Opposition Leader that there can be no prosperity without safety and security.
She said many people are living in crisis due to the hardships faced and the impact of crime and violence.
She adding the hike in T&TEC rates can contribute to the difficulties faced by the vulnerable and those at the lower income bracket.
The Opposition Senator quoted a comment made by a renowned local economist who is of the view the upward proposed adjustment in electricity rates could have serious implications in terms of the buying power of citizens.
Ms John suggested government consider reopening the Debe Campus which can play a part in the education of students as well as the training of police officers.