MTS board exec fired after UNC appearance

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 12:15

Gov­ern­ment has fired Na­tion­al Main­te­nance Se­cu­ri­ty Com­pa­ny (MTS) board mem­ber Ian Forde just hours af­ter he ap­peared on a Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress (UNC) Mon­day Night Fo­rum plat­form.

In a let­ter dat­ed March 18, Fi­nance Min­is­ter Colm Im­bert dis­missed Forde cit­ing a "re­con­sti­tu­tion of the board of di­rec­tors."

How­ev­er, in a brief in­ter­view Tues­day, Forde said he was sur­prised by the news of his dis­missal.

"There is no doubt in my mind that my dis­missal had to do with my ap­pear­ance on the plat­form," he said.

Forde said he had planned for hold a fi­nance com­mit­tee meet­ing on Tues­day and was prepar­ing for it when his Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer hand­ed over the let­ter of dis­missal.

"There was no such talk of re­con­sti­tu­tion the board be­fore. In fact, this present board was on­ly re­con­sti­tut­ed in Feb­ru­ary," Forde said.

De­spite the per­son­al im­pact, Forde said he did not re­gret ap­pear­ing on the UNC plat­form.

On Mon­day, Forde made the link be­tween some hotspots and Peo­ple's Na­tion­al Move­ment (PNM) sup­port­ers.

"It wasn't just my opin­ion, I am a sta­tis­ti­cian and I have the da­ta and the facts to sup­port every­thing I said," Forde said.

In the dis­missal let­ter, Im­bert thanked Forde for his con­tri­bu­tion.

"Please note that your ter­mi­na­tion will be made ef­fec­tive by res­o­lu­tion of the share­hold­ers, in ac­cor­dance with the Com­pa­nies Act, Chap. 81.01 and by the By-laws of MTS.

On be­half of the Gov­ern­ment, I thank you for your past con­tri­bu­tion to you com­pa­ny in par­tic­u­lar and the coun­try in gen­er­al while serv­ing on the Board," Im­bert said in the let­ter.

Reporter: Renuka Singh