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Ex soldier to head PATT

Published: 
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan has confirmed that retired Defence Force Commander Lyle Alexander is the Government’s pick to replace Allison Lewis, who resigned as chairman of the Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (PATT) board last Friday. But there is no word on when Alexander will take the oath of office.

However, no other members of the board which Lewis chaired are being replaced.

Alexander chaired a three-man committee which was appointed in July last year to examine the general operations of PATT.

The report submitted late last year to Sinanan recommended, among other things, the privatisation of the inter-island sea bridge.

Contacted yesterday, Inter-Island Transport Committee chairman Diane Hadad, who is also a member of the Tobago Chamber of Commerce, said she did not know about the “expertise of Mr Alexander,” but said if there was ministerial/government interference at the Port, “no board chairman will get to carry out their role and function properly.”

She blamed Government interference for the collapse of the sea bridge, saying the “very two people they sidelined and dumped by the roadside, Charmaine Lewis and Leon Grant, had the port running eh! There is no expertise there now, other than the fact that Government officials have put their hand tooth and nail in and totally dismantled the port.”

Hadad said the chamber had also warned the Christine Sahadeo-led board not to “interfere in the manner they were interfering and then Rohan Sinanan stepped in and the Allison Lewis-led board, we told them do not interfere because the sea bridge was holding up by shoestring and crazy glue.”

Hadad said it was disappointing that the “PNM Rowley-led administration has failed Tobago,” adding she did not know what “is their point or course of action to regain the confidence of the business community and the silently pained Tobagonian.”

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