The Opposition Leader is today saying that if Finance Minister Colm Imbert cannot or will not answer
questions raised as to what the $2.5 billion dollars being taken from the Heritage and Stabilization
Fund, will be used for, she calls on the Junior Minister of Finance to explain.
On the heels of her address at the UNC Monday night meeting at the Naparima Boys College, Mrs. Persad
Bissessar in a statement has noted that Mr. Imbert has characteristically refused to explain to the
general public the details of what programmes or projects is to be funded by the $2.5 Billion
She says the nation was not consulted and the Rowley Government has closed ranks to withhold critical
information from the general public. The Former Prime Minister says if there is nothing sinister
about this withdrawal, why has the move of the government been shrouded in secrecy?
Mrs. Persad Bissessar says it is quite convenient that the Minister of Finance announced to the
nation in delivering his first budget that the Heritage and Stabilisation Fund would be separated
into Heritage and Stabilisation, but he saw the need to make the $2.5 billion dollar withdrawal
before making good on his promise.