Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce vice chairman Martin George has resigned.
George, who was part of the new management committee headed by new chairman Claude Benoit, was elected and installed alongside Benoit in March this year.
But in a shocking turn of events, Benoit was removed from his position by an executive vote before George, who was to take over as chairman, resigned and made the decision public via a statement on his Facebook page on Tuesday night.
George, a lawyer, said he had submitted his resignation to the Tobago Chamber and was immediately departing the position.
"Regretfully, the demands of my office dictate that I will not be able to devote the time required to continue with this, which appears to be rather cyclical and in my respectful view counter-productive, instead of being forward-moving and progressive and I hereby relinquish the portfolio of vice-chairman with immediate effect."
George said he will continue to work along with Tobagonians to serve Tobago and advocate for the needs of the island, as he had done for decades through his 10 years as a T&T Guardian columnist and through hundreds of appearances on various talk shows on television, radio, lecture halls and cottage and town meetings.
"Once you have a genuine passion and commitment to serve people and to be pro-active about it, you can do so wherever you are and whoever you are; and I will continue to do so," George said.
Last week, several newspaper reports surfaced highlighting the internal squabbles among the members of the Tobago Chamber after their attempts to oust Benoit due to poor management.
Benoit was removed as chairman and George assuming authority as head of the business body. a move described by some as a coup within the organisation.
Other members of the management committee, including immediate outgoing chairman Demi John Cruickshank, have remained tightlipped on the current situation within the executive.
More on this story as it comes to hand.
- by Casandra Thompson-Forbes