“Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s apparent inability to remove Minister Sinanan mirrors his predecessor Mrs Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s difficulty in effectively treating with then Minister Jack Warner until the proverbial water became more than flour.”
In the following press statement, local watchdog group, Fixin’ T&T, urges Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to sack Minister of Works and Transport and PNM financier and deputy political leader, Rohan Sinanan:
Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan’s reported commitment to keep a “very close” eye on things with respect to a new tender for vessels to service the sea bridge further demonstrates that he has no understanding of the remit of his office.
Government Ministers can have no involvement whatsoever in the tendering process.
Fixin’ T&T reiterates our insistence that Mr Rohan Sinanan be immediately fired along with the board of the Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (PATT).
Fixin’ T&T maintains that the sea bridge fiasco could not be the result of mere incompetence and that, since assuming this portfolio, Minister Sinanan has been perpetuating a false narrative on everything related to this matter.
Fixin’ T&T reminds the population that under this Minister and the present PATT board:
- The Superfast Galicia left the shores of T&T with no arrangements in place for an efficient replacement.
- The Atlantic Provider and the Trinity Transporter were imposed as short term but “reliable” solutions.
- The “crooked” deal involving the Cabo Star and the Ocean Flower 2 was sealed with a company of questionable repute ahead of any PATT inspection of the vessels.
Even up to the day of the announcement of the cancellation of the contract for the Ocean Flower 2, Minister Sinanan and the PATT board refused to come clean about the failed mechanical state of said vessel.
Instead, in the face of evidence about its troubled journey available for all to see, Mr Sinanan and the board attempted to hood wink the population into believing that the cancellation was due to timelines breached.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s apparent inability to remove Minister Sinanan mirrors his predecessor Mrs Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s difficulty in effectively treating with then Minister Jack Warner until the proverbial water became more than flour.
It is noteworthy that both Mr Sinanan and Mr Warner were instrumental in arranging financing for the political campaigns of their respective parties.
Fixin’ T&T calls on the Trinidad arm of the Chamber of Commerce to muster the courage to meaningfully support their Tobago counterparts in getting this situation effectively resolved.