The big picture: a total of 4,700 permanent and non-permanent Petrotrin workers will be affected by the refinery’s closure looming ahead.
Energy Minister Franklin yesterday told Parliament that 3,500 permanent workers plus 1,200 non-permanent workers will be affected by the Government’s planned closure of the refinery in two weeks.
Khan gave the overall total in response to questions by UNC MP Rudy Indarsingh. Khan’s figures are the latest total tally of workers to be affected by the plan.
Dr Keith Rowley has once again reshuffled his cabinet, in a press release sent just after midnight the Prime Minister stated that he advised Her Excellency President Paula Mae Weekes about the changes to his cabinet. One substantial change is revocation of the appointment of Major General (Retired) Edmund Dillon as Minister of National Security.
The other changes are as follows: (i) Revoke the appointment of Mr Maxie Cuffie as Minister in the Ministry of Public Administration. Mr Cuffie will now serve as Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Public Administration.
Minister in the Ministry of Public Administration, Maxie Cuffie has returned to Trinidad and Tobago following treatment in the United States for a stroke.
Cuffie returned around 10.20 pm Thursday and was met by Minister of Labour Jennifer Baptiste-Primus and family members at the Piarco International Airport.
Cuffie spent close to a year in the US undergoing treatment and recovering.
The first images of former Communications Minister Maxie Cuffie have emerged since he suffered a stroke in September 2017.
The pictures which were shared on Facebook by a political activist show Cuffie walking with the aid of a stick.
On April 9th, Cuffie's appointment as Minister of Public Administration and Communications was revoked.
He was reassigned as Minister in the Ministry of Public Administration and Communications.
In February, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said over $2 million was paid by government toward medical expenses for Cuffie.
A request has been made on costs for further surgery which Public Administration Minister Maxie Cuffie needs, says OPM spokesman Stuart Young.
Cuffie has been in the US for rehabilitation since last November after suffering a stroke last September and having surgery then.
Last week, he sought a month’s leave from Parliament. Young said the surgery he now requires is part of what’s normally required in his condition. He said Government had been approached on medical costs and had set a ceiling on what it was prepared to fund. He wasn’t sure of the ceiling.
Minister of Communications and Public Administration, Maxie Cufffie has hit back at the leader of the People's Empowerment Party (PEP) Phillip Alexander, who has made several disparaging remarks about his health.
Cuffie says he is well on the road to recovery and will return to T&T as soon as doctors clear him to travel.