168 million dollars has been allocated to carnival festivities for 2017. This was confirmed by the Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, Nyan Gadsby-Dolly.
The minister says the money has been allocated to the national carnival commission and payments started in increments this year.
This statement comes on the heels of concerns raised by panmen, and their outstanding monies are not forthcoming, and they have even threatened to cancel panorama events for this year.
NCC chairman Kenneth De Silva is confirming that funding has been distributed to the NCC, Tuco, and the NCBA.
But he admits that there are several issues to be addressed with Pan Trinbago, which has a 31-million-dollar debt to be settled.