Tobago House of Assembley Chief Secretary, Orville London says the issue of self-governance has become a political football” manipulated by political parties for mileage.
Mr. London made the statement on Sunday during a consultation on Tobago autonomy held at The University of the West Indies in St Augustine.
He recalled that on January 14th, 1977, the motion for internal self governance was moved in the Parliament by former President and Prime Minister, Arthur NR Robinson and highlighted that as a nation, we are entering a very critical phase in a four decade journey, where those who have travelled the journey have seen that the objectives of 1977 have not been met to date.
London said during the Tobago House Assembly (THA) election held last year, every political party used the issue of self governance for the island as leverage to attract votes.
Ashworth Jack, the leader of the Tobago Organisation of the People, has since withdrawn from that collective approach.
To date, twelve consultations have been held in Tobago for the year.