Demi John Cruikshank Vice President of the Tobago Chamber says that from day one in November when the Minister of Works and Transport Rohan Sinanan got into office the Chamber indicated to him that there was some serious issues with the contractual arrangements with the super-fast Galicia.
Speaking with News Power Now today, he said that the Minister was informed in December that the ship would be serviced.
The Minister, he said, indicated that he met with the owners of the Galicia and went to Cabinet in January however Cabinet refused the offer that the owners had put on the table.
He said that if the Minister knew that cabinet was not willing to continue the lease with the Galicia he had more than enough time from January to now to put a replacement vessel in place.
The Chamber Vice President revealed that the Minister was also informed that the boat would no longer be available from this month.
As such he says that the stakeholders are calling for the resignation of the Minister of Works and Transport and they are asking the Prime Minister to intervene since people’s business an livelihood are at stake in Tobago.
He said that interim arrangement by the Minister that includes the use of a barge and the MV Express is not acceptable.