President Paula-Mae Weekes yesterday spent her first day on the job settling in and getting acquainted with staff members.
This was confirmed by a close friend of Weekes who visited her hours after she picked up duty as the country’s first female President.
The source said Weekes met and greeted staff members at the Office of the President, St Ann’s and immediately began settling down to the job at hand. (See page A10)
“I spoke to her. Madame President Weekes said she is in transition and there working. She did not want to give an official statement to the media or take pictures just yet. She is now settling down and organising things ... getting acquainted to her office staff. As of now she does not have any personal staff,” the source, who did not want to be named, said.
Yesterday, Theron Boodan, who worked as communications adviser at the Office of the President under former president Anthony Carmona, confirmed that his contract was not renewed. Boodan worked with Carmona for the full five years of his tenure.
It was revealed that the contract of Stephanie Seenath, who also served in the communications department at the President’s office, was also not renewed.
Asked when Weekes would select her personal staff, the source said, “It is taking place all now.”
Once Weekes makes a decision on how many employees are required, this will have to be approved by Cabinet.
“It will take a couple of weeks for everything to fall into place at the President’s office,” the source said.
The source could not say what time Weekes reported for duty, what matters she dealt with and who she spoke to.
On Monday, Weekes was sworn in as the country’s sixth President at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain.
In her inaugural speech to the nation, Weekes called on citizens to let light triumph over their darkness and to plants seeds of love which they should nurture.
Source: www,guardian.co.tt (Shaliza Hassanali)