Ramona Ramdial, former Couva North MP.

A former Government minister is urging the Rowley Administration—specifically Minister of Trade & Industry Paula Gopee-Scoon—to intervene in the current dispute between Movietowne Chaguanas and its landlord, to ensure the entertainment complex does not shut down.

The call comes from former MP for Couva North, Ramona Ramdial, who served as a Minister of State in the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources under the People’s Partnership Administration.

“The government must at this time ensure that jobs are not lost so easily especially during this time of high joblessness caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” the former MP argues in a news release issued today.

“Saving jobs also saves families,” she stated.

Ramona Ramdial also called on “landlords to have a heart”, entreating the landlord for the Chaguanas Cineplex to follow “the shining example of the landlords of Grand Bazaar where they slashed their rents to allow their tenants to survive and prevented job losses”.

The former MP for Couva North also is lobbying political entities and business chambers from Central Trinidad—particularly in Chaguanas and Couva.

“I am making a call to all Central MPs / Mayor / Chaguanas and Couva business chambers and other stakeholders to join the government in resolving the challenges to allow for Chaguanas Movietowne to stay open,” she states in the release.