Rowley: UWI student gets $5 million contract
By Cecily Asson Monday, September 10 2012
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Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley delivers the feature address at yesterday's PNM 43rd Annual Conference of the San Fernando West constituency....
Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley yesterday told delegates at the 43rd annual conference of delegates of the San Fernando West Constituency that standards in Trinidad and Tobago have fallen.
Rowley blamed the drop in standard is as a result of the People’s Partnership Government.
“There is a plummeting of standards in Trinidad and Tobago led by the government of Trinidad and Tobago,” Rowley told scores of delegates gathered at Scout Headquarters in Embacadere, San Fernando.
“You may recall in 2010 there was a whole lot of issues in this country and the loudest voices came from those in the opposition about procurement of goods and services. They gave the country the impression that if they were in charge they would do it differently, there would be a higher standard, the standard of new politics. It appears as though the majority of people in this country are now being led down a path that says to them ethical standards don’t matter. That is the general feeling the country is being asked to accept as a way of life.”
Rowley went on to say population penalised the People’s National Movement for not passing the grade of high standards with respect to issues like accountability and transparency.
“Today the crime situation is worse than it was in 2010,” he added, “the country is even more numb now. They are killing by the hour now, before they were measuring killings by the day, they are measuring it by the hour now.”
Rowley addressed the delegates on a wide range of national issues.
He questioned an alleged award of a $5 million contract to a university student of Westmoorings who according to a document he had in his possession. He named a close female relative of well known UNC financier as one of the directors of the newly formed company.
Reading from the document. Rowley said: “August 24, a letter of award - rehabilitation of car parks - Maloney Gardens. I would read for you two lines of the letter. The Trinidad and Tobago Housing Development Corporation (HDC) is pleased to inform you, it has accepted your proposal for the rehabilitation of car parks at Maloney Gardens in the sum of $5 million.
Copies of the letter on HDC letter heads were distributed to members of the media. The letter bore a stamp of the Registrar General Department dated July 20. Rowley said the directors which also include an executive assistant from Tunapuna took up their positions on July 20.
There was a stamp for the Registrar Generals department dated July 20.
He said that money should have gone to helping flood stricken victims of his Diego Martin West constituency in getting back on their feet.
He also trained his guns on Finance Minister Larry Howai whom he said has no moral authority to speak about austerity measures in the upcoming budget
He added: “I am putting his government on notice that this current Minister of Finance has absolutely no moral authority whatsoever to ask the people of Trinidad and Tobago to subscribe to any austerity programme of which he is the architect.
“This is a man who the government reached out for who chose to change his job voluntarily and walk out with a cheque of $10 million from the public purse and now he wants you to have austerity programmes.”
He said the conduct of the government leaves much to be desired.