A den of “conflict”, “corruption” and “iniquity”. That is the assessment by Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley as he spoke before the Joint Select Committee Meeting on Land and Physical Infrastructure, specifically on the matter of the Trinidad and Tobago InterIsland Ferry service.
The Prime Minister told the panel that an individual had appeared at the office of the Minister of Works, telling Minister Rohan Sinanan that he was a PNM and he had a vessel available and had expected to be given the contract to provide inter island ferry service for the country. Dr. Rowley said the Minister told the individual that he would have to go through the established tendering procedure like everyone else.
The Prime Minister made the report of the lone investigator into the acquisition of the vessels for the T&T seabridge, former Chamber of Commerce president Christian Mouttet, available to the JSC. He said the report had been sent to the parliament and explained that he would also be sending the report to the AG’s office for its attention. “I am also going to make it (the report) public, so that the public can read it and understand what has been happening with respect to public business.”
The Prime Minister said the country had been brought to where it is today, in respect of the seabridge, because corruption and self-interest had permeated the operations and decision-making at the Port. He stated that this questionable conduct was reflected in the procurement procedures associated with the Super Fast Galicia and continued to the Cabo Star.