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Jomo Pitt, Secretary of Sport and Youth Affairs, Tobago House of Assembly. (Image: THA)

Area Representative for Lambeau/Signal Hill and Secretary for Youth Affairs and Sport in the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Jomo Pitt will not be seeking re-election in the upcoming Tobago House of Assembly election carded for early 2021.

Speaking during the budget debate at the Jerningham Street Chamber on Thursday night, Pitt said an indoor facility was one of the things he wanted to achieve during his tenure but he said that due to circumstances beyond his control it never got off the ground.

“When I took office, or when I assumed office as Secretary of Sport and Youth Affairs, one of my pronouncements was that within my term of office we would have an indoor facility in Tobago and if we did not, I would no longer seek a third term in office and was willing to step down. Regrettably, we have now started the project,” he said.

The contract for the project is scheduled to be awarded in July, while construction should start in August 2020.

Pitt said having been in office for eight years, he felt it was the right decision because he was a man of his word.

“Against that backdrop, I would like to make an announcement per se, that I would not be seeking a third term. I gave a commitment and I gave my word that if I wasn’t able to achieve a particular goal, I would no longer seek re-election. So having said that, I would like to thank everybody who supported me in my two terms and I would also like to thank those who were against me because indirectly they provided me with an incentive to prove them wrong,” he said.

The Tobago Aquatic and Indoor Sporting Complex will be constructed at Bacolet, Tobago at an estimated cost of $250 million. It is expected to be a three-court facility, which would be used for international tournaments. (CTF)