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Minister of National Security and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Stuart Young, replies to an urgent question posed by Opposition Senator, Sen. Wade Mark during the sitting of the Senate yesterday.

Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Stuart Young says the claims of unknown and unregistered hotels in Tobago set to receive COVID-19 grant funding, is a non-issue.

Yesterday, Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Ancil Dennis described Member of Parliament for Couva North Ramona Ramdial’s remarks that “ghost hotels” are listed to access Government’s $50 million COVID-19 relief funding, is unfounded.

Ramdial’s statement follows a media release from the Tobago Hotel and Tourism Association’s (THTA) which states that 270 of the 449 hotels identified for funding did not qualify.

Asked about the matter in the Senate yesterday Minister Young said, “This is not even a storm in a teacup it is a non-issue.”

He said the THA will decide the allocation policy for the COVID-19 grants and he is certain that no unregistered hotel will be given funding.

The $50 million is meant to assist hoteliers on the island who have been affected by the COVID-19 shutdowns.