After receiving heavy criticism for his comments that some public servants have been collecting a salary even though they “produce nothing when the day comes,” Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has now issued a statement denying that he ever accused the Public Service workers of being lazy.
In a statement issued on his Facebook page, Rowley said, “I never used the word lazy nor did I accuse all public servants nor did I accuse the Public Service of being lazy.”
Prime minister Dr Keith Rowley left the country this morning to go to Barbados where he will participate in the signing of a memorandum of understanding.
According to a statement from the office of the prime minister, the agreement, which will be signed tomorrow, is related to cooperation in energy development for hydrocarbons that extend across the maritime boundary of both territories.
The jobs of 120 casual and temporary workers at the Siparia Regional Corporation jobs were saved on Monday after money was sourced from another account to pay them in a last-ditch effort.
But PNM councillors claimed it was a ploy by the UNC to milk political mileage from a situation which could have been avoided.
Deputy Mayor of the Borough of Chaguanas Councillor Faaiq Mohammed has responded to the Prime Minister’s call for the region to “give PNM a chance”.
In a statement, Mohammed said that Central Trinidad “isn’t selling raffle tickets and they are not giving any chances.”
United National Congress (UNC) Political Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has raised questions about recently reinstated Government Senator Foster Cummings’ connection to recently awarded state contracts.
The Siparia MP, while addressing the UNC’s National Congress at the Couva South Multipurpose Complex, Couva, questioned the award of state contracts to three companies: Cummings and Associates Company Limited; PICAL Services Company Limited; and Klydon Enterprises Company Limited.
Prime Minister Rowley has said it may be time to make a formal background check by the T&T Police Service’s Special Branch unit a mandatory part of the vetting process for prospective officeholders.
“It has not been part of our system and it may very well be that the time has come for us to look at that,” Rowley said yesterday.
Prime Minister Keith Rowley says he first heard that Marlene McDonald was in police custody via Facebook or WhatsApp last Thursday and was only told officially that she was being charged around 10.30 pm last Sunday.
"As Prime Minister and National Security chairman, where a Minister is in custody, the systems in T&T are so secure that nobody in officialdom communicated to me there was substance to what was going on before or during, or that a Minister was in custody for a reason," he added yesterday.
Even as he fumed at the media for “trying to pin” Marlene McDonald’s corruption scandal on him, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on Thursday admitted that he exercised flawed judgment by reinstating her as a Cabinet minister despite the trail of allegations that dogged her.
Rowley faced the media yesterday for the first time since McDonald was arrested at her Maracas, St Joseph home last Thursday. She has been charged with seven offences of corruption, fraud and misbehaviour in public office and is now home on $2 million bail.