Office of Disaster Preparedness Management (ODPM) deputy CEO Dave Williams has quit the job. He tendered his resignation yesterday, just four days after aying he felt no need for him to resign. He had been engaged in a closed door meeting with this country’s National Security Minister, Edmund Dillion, prior to the announcement of his resignation.
Williams had come under fire last Friday over the ODPM’s poor response to the severe flooding which hit parts of Trinidad. He had openly described the situation as “small t’ing”. Yesterday, hours before Williams tendered his resignation, Dillon said he agreed with the PM statement made in the aftermath of the flooding, that firm action needed to be taken against the ODPM for its poor response to the flooding experienced.
The National Security Minister has since indicated that there are issue to be dealt with at the ODPM and the ministry is reviewing the procedures in terms of personnel, processes and systems.
ODPM relief officer Captain Neville Wint will now take over the reigns of the authority, in the interim.