The Ministry of the People and Social Development has responded to an article which alleged former manager of the Inter Agency Unit (IAU) Andrew Boodoo was fired after the Prime Minister instructed the Permanent Secretary to terminate his services.
The article stated Mr. Boodoo was dismissed because of allegations of corruption within the IAU.
It stated homeless persons were taken from the streets and then returned sometime after, only to be taken up again for treatment. This practice resulted in the bill for the unit being over inflated since the division had to pay twice the amount for a single street dweller.
The IAU is a pilot project under the Social Development Ministry and is responsible for the “voluntary and involuntary removal” of street dwellers from various parts of Trinidad and Tobago.
The unit consists of representatives from the Ministry’s Social Displacement Unit; mental health officers; municipal police; the ministries of National Security and Legal Affairs; city corporations; NGOs and private organizations.
A release from the ministry said due process was followed when Mr. Boodoo was relieved of his duties. It did not given any further details related to his firing since it involves confidential human resource matters.
The release said no additional staff will be relieved at this time.
It added an internal team has been formed to investigate the allegations.