President of the Scrap Iron Dealers Association, Allan Ferguson, says he agrees with a temporary ban on the trade of copper.
On Thursday at the weeekly post cabient news briefing held at the Diplomatic Center, St Ann’s, Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley, said consideration is being given to banning the entire scrap iron industry, following constant pillaging of State infrastructure.
Recently a Water and Sewage Authority booster station in Siparia was affected by the development.
The incident left some 40,000 customers without a pipe-borne supply of water.
The Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago has also been affected by the theft of its overhead cables.
Speaking at a news briefing Friday morning , Mr Ferguson said something needs to be done about the issue of theft facing the industry.
Reading from letters sent to the Office of the Police Commissioner and to TSTT’s Chief Executive Officer, Lisa Agard, Mr Ferguson said the Association took action when it realised the issue facing the industry.
Mr Ferguson said the association strongly condemned the stealing of scrap iron.
He urged the Prime Minister to set up a meeting between the Association and the Government before implementing any ban on scrap iron dealing.