Opposition Senator, Gerald Ramdeen is accusing the Government of wastage at Petrotrin and its newly incorporated replacement companies.
He made the claims during his contribution to yesterday’s Senate debate on the vesting of Petrotrin assets to Heritage Petroleum, Paria Fuel Trading Company and Guaracara Refining.
He cited examples including almost 200 thousand dollars to incorporate the three companies set to replace Petrotrin.
Senator Ramdeen also revealed a $1.7 million contract buyout to a hired foreigner whose services were eventually deemed not necessary.
He revealed that Petrotrin paid 1.7 million dollars to an American Oil executive Chyau Lin who was recruited but never worked as the decision to shut Petrotrin was made shortly after he signed his contract but before he could take up the job.
He also read from documents which claimed that Petrotrin paid one firm 66 million dollars in consultancy fees
Senator Ramdeen claimed to have received some of the documents outlining the payments from a Cabinet Minister.
However, Minister of Public Utilities Robert Le Hunte refuted Senator Ramdeen’s claims.
He insisted that this was Senator Ramdeen’s attempt at inserting doubt into the Cabinet.