Hadeed: Trust me
By Clint Chan Tack Friday, September 6 2013
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Good luck kiss: Minister of Trade and Industry Vasant Bharath congratulates Marlene Coudray on her reassignment from Gender Affairs to the Local Gover...
NEW Communications Minister Gerald Hadeed promised to always speak the truth and admitted the People’s Partnership Government has “not been communicating with the people as well as it should.”
Hadeed was one of three new persons who Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar appointed as government ministers when she announced the third Cabinet reshuffle of the Government yesterday at the Office of the Prime Minister St Clair.
The other new persons were former National Security Adviser in the Office of the Prime Minister Gary Griffith and Raziah Ahmed who will serve as National Security Minister and a Minister of State in the Gender Affairs Ministry respectively. Ahmed served as government senator from January 12 to October 9, 2001 under the UNC and an opposition senator from July 4, 2006 to September 28, 2007 while the PNM was in office.
Hadeed, a former CEO of Beacon Insurance Company and former Airports Authority chairman, replaces Jamal Mohammed whose ministerial and senatorial portfolio has been revoked. Speaking with reporters after Persad-Bissessar announced the reshuffle, Hadeed said, “You all know me a long time. I can only promise a few things. I promise to be truthful to the media. Communicative with the media. Honest with the media.”
Admitting there was room for improvement in the way Government communicates with the public, Hadeed told reporters, “I hope to change that. When you all see how I operate, we will work in the best interest of TT”. Mohammed said, “It was a pleasure and an honour to serve my country”. He extended his best wishes to Hadeed and reiterated his support for Persad-Bissessar and the Government.
New Local Government Minister Marlene Coudray, who is expected to open debate on the Municipal Corporations Bill 2013 in the House of Representatives today, said she was “disappointed” to leave the Gender Affairs Ministry but hoped to get the local government structures in place for improved delivery. “I think because of the pending elections I have more space to work with the care-taker councils,” she said. Coudray relieved Dr Suruj Rambachan of the Local Government Ministry portfolio, leaving Rambachan solely as Works and Infrastructure Minister. Rambachan was given the Works Ministry after Emmanuel George (who is now Justice Minister) was appointed National Security Minister on April 21, following the resignation of Jack Warner from that post.
Dr Roodal Moonilal, who heads the new Housing and Urban Development Ministry, said he was very happy that the Land and Marine Affairs part of his former portfolio, has been turned into a separate Ministry.
Moonilal said while his new ministry is still huge, it would be better suited for “an accelerated focus on urban development not only in Port-of-Spain but across the country”.
He explained the Housing Development Corporation (HDC), Urban Development Corporation of TT (Udecott) and Estate Management Business Development Corporation (EMBD) will still report to him. Moonilal said the Land Settlement Agency (LSA) will now report to new Land and Marine Affairs Minister Jairam Seemungal.
Moonilal said his new ministerial duties would give him greater time over the next 18 to 20 months to do more work in his Oropouche East constituency and participate in two massive campaigns, the October 21 Local Government elections and General Elections which are constitutionally due by 2015. Seemungal, a former Deputy Speaker and Minister in the Food Production Ministry, praised Moonilal as his mentor and said he was eager to assume his new duties.
COP Arima MP Rodger Samuel, who previously served as Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, was promoted to full Cabinet status and replaced Clifton De Coteau as National Diversity Minister. Prior to his promotion, Samuel turned to prayer and fasting as he pondered his political future. Legal Affairs Minister and COP leader Prakash Ramadhar had said Samuel was unhappy in his former post. However neither Ramadhar or Samuel ever explained what was the cause of Samuel’s discontent.
De Couteau replaced Coudray as Gender Affairs, Youth and Child Development Minister. Stephen Cadiz was reassigned from Tourism to Transport, replacing Chandresh Sharma. Sharma in turn, assumed Cadiz’s former portfolio in Tourism. Outside of these changes, Persad-Bissessar made no changes to any of the other members of her Cabinet or Government.
Minister of National Security
Minister of Communications
— Gerald Hadeed
Minister of State in the Ministry of Gender, Youth & Child Development
— Raziah Ahmed
Minister of Justice
– Emmanuel George
Minister of Gender, Youth & Child Development
— Clifton De Coteau
Minister of Housing and Urban Development
— Dr Roodal Moonilal
Minister of Land & Marine Resources
Minister of Local Government
— Marlene Coudray
Minister of National Diversity
& Social Integration
— Rodger Samuel
Minister of Tourism
— Chandresh Sharma
Minister of Transport
Minister of Works & Infrastructure
— Dr Surujrattan Rambachan