Minister of Planning and Development, Camille Robinson-Regis has told the Parliament that the National Library and Information System Authority (NALIS) has an account with $26 million and that a memo asking staff to walk with their own water and toilet paper, may have been ill-advised.
Robinson-Regis was speaking in the House of Representatives in response to a question asked by the Opposition.
She was responding on behalf of Minister of Communications Stuart Young, who is currently out of the country.
The Opposition has accused the PNM Government of using taxpayers’ money to build houses in four marginal constituencies held by PNM MPs to “voter pad” for elections.
“We have a lot of information on this and a lot to say on it ahead,” UNC Senator Wade Mark told the Senate yesterday.
Mark referred to Government’s Mid-Year Budget Review announcement which allocated $18 million for the Housing Ministry for works under the Housing and Village Improvement Programme. Mark questioned the intent of that programme.
Resign immediately over yesterday’s “twin disasters.”
This was the call to National Security Minister Stuart Young from United National Congress MP Roodal Moonilal following yesterday’s “twin disasters” where prisoners escaped custody from the Remand Section of the Golden Grove prison in Arouca, while a search helicopter involved in the manhunt crashed.
The United National Congress has appointed attorney-at-law Ashvani Mahabir as its new Opposition Senator following the resignation of Gerald Ramdeen.
In a statement the UNC says Mahabir, who is also a communications consultant, has been appointed to its team of senators.
It goes on to say that Mahabir, has a long-standing relationship with the unc having served as youth arm chairman and working in various capacities in research as well as political and strategic communication over the years.
Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Allyson West, says Government does not anticipate Property Tax being due this year as valuations are still progressing slowly while they await the outcome of the matter that is currently before the courts.
While Minister Colm Imbert announced a tax amnesty for three months, yesterday there was no word on the due date for property tax payments.
In 2017, the Ministry of Finance put out a press release requesting property owners to complete and submit valuation forms along with relevant documents.
President of the T&T Automotive Dealers Association Visham Babwah says increased vehicle sales is not an indication of a robust economy but highlights the failures of public transportation.
He was responding to statements from Minister of Finance Colm Imbert that vehicle sales were averaging over 25,000 per year and the total number of vehicles registered in T&T was well over the one million mark.
Economist Dr Ronald Ramkissoon says from a short-term perspective, Finance Minister Colm Imbert did a fair job with the country’s economy. He, however, noted that for citizens to experience the benefits from any economic growth more needs to be done.
“To the extent that there is growth – it is positive and I think we have to recognise that. Unless we come up with the strategy to grow by upwards of three, four per cent – some would say five per cent – we not going to make any fundamental change to the lives of people.”
The economy has gone from being on life support to totally dead under the People’s National Movement.
This was how Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar summed up Finance Minister Colm Imbert’s presentation on the Mid-Year Budget Review yesterday in Parliament, adding he did not put forward any policy or plans in place for the country’s real development.
Perennially negative commentators!
That’s how Finance Minister Colm Imbert dismissed assorted comment on the economy during his Mid-Year Budget Review yesterday.
Detailing his defence of Government’s economic management via what he said was actual data, Imbert maintained T&T’s economy sustained three consecutive quarters of growth in 2018