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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, September 16, 2014
SAN JUAN/LAVENTILLE REGIONAL CORPORATION
Tenders are invited from ALL CONTRACTORS for Works under DEVELOPMENT PRO-
GRAMME 2013/2014, for Projects under the 170-Development of Recreational Facilities
Prospective Tenderers or their Representatives should attend the Pre-Tender Meeting
in the Council Chamber which is located on the ground floor of the Administrative
Department, MTS Plaza, Aranguez Main Road, San Juan; on MONDAY 15TH SEPTEM-
BER, 2014 AT 10:00AM, followed by the Sites Visits; so as to ascertain the nature of the
works to be executed.
Tender packages can be collected from the Tenders Section, which is located on the ground
floor of the Administrative Department, MTS Plaza, Aranguez Main Road, San Juan;
Telephone number 674-5843; 638-7391 Ext 122., from 16TH SEPTEMBER, 2014.
The pink deposit slip which shows the Non Refundable Tender Deposit of One Hundred
Dollars ($100.00) Per Project, (cash deposit only) was paid must be presented.
The deposit slips are obtained from the Accounts department, the Tenderer must then pro-
ceed to First Citizens Bank, San Juan to make the deposit.
Any further information relating to the projects can be obtained from Mr. Hans
Scanterbury, Works Supervisor III at 638-7391 Ext 129.
Tenders Envelopes must be deposited in the designated Tenders Boxes -
Dimensions of the SLOT are:- 30cm in Length x 7cm Width-
located in the Waiting Room of the Administrative Office,
San-Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation, MTS Plaza, no later than
MONDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER 2014, 12:00 NOON
Tenders will be opened publicly on MONDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER at 1:30PM and the
Tenderers or their representatives may be present at this opening.
Late tenders will not be accepted under any circumstances and the Corporation does
not bind itself to accept the lowest or any other tender.
The San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation reserves the right to cancel the tendering
process in its entirety, without defraying any cost incurred by any firm in submitting their ten-
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
SAN JUAN/LAVENTILLE REGIONAL CORPORATION
It is clear that the Government's commitment to
internal self-government is only linked to winning elec-
tions. You will recall that, a few days before the 2013
THA election, the government, in an effort to seduce
the people of Tobago and win votes, attempted to rush
a bill through this House allegedly to grant increased
autonomy to Tobago.
We rejected this bill because of numerous shortcomings
and our stance was supported overwhelmingly by the
people of Tobago. Since then, there has been deafening
silence by the central government on the issue of Tobago's
self-government. Indeed, we cannot tell when last we
heard the Prime Minister use the word Tobago and
autonomy in the same sentence. And while this is occur-
ring, the government continues to fund the Ministry
of Tobago Development to undermine the work and
authority of the Assembly. To facilitate this sinister plot,
allocations to the recurrent budget of the Ministry of
Tobago Development is increased from about $32 millions
in 2014 to a whopping $81 million in 2015, an increase
of over 100 per cent. This is a recurrent budget for
short-term/contract employment and other contracting
services to engage friends and family in the performance
of functions already assigned to the Assembly by law.
The Minister of Tobago Development is encouraged to
spend money in Tobago to nibble away and undermine
the Tobago House of Assembly.
However, there is good news on the horizon and I
wish to give the people of Tobago the assurance that
this is the last budget in which they will have to treat
with these issues. As sure as the night follows day, run
off or no run off, this government will be voted out of
office, the long held aspirations of the people of Tobago
for internal self-government will be fulfilled and their
development needs will be addressed. The PNM will
abolish the uncalled for Ministry of Tobago Development
and allow the THA to properly discharge on its legal
functions without fetter and political undermining.
Mr Speaker, we are all faced with the major national
issue of burgeoning crime and general lawlessness in
our society. No one is safe and many persons in Trinidad
and Tobago are made to live in fear of criminal conduct.
Listen to the failed Government, "crime has gone
down!" Crime reporting has gone down since most
people no longer expect an effective police response so
they don't bother to report the violations. This will not
change until there is evidence of improved crime detec-
tion and successful prosecutions. Ask the citizen, do
you feel safer now? The answer is a resounding no!
From small infractions to murder, the lawbreakers
and criminals seem to have the advantage. We must
respond to this state of affairs with a clear recognition
of the need for a more efficient and responsive Police
Service, supported by a well-oiled modern intelligence-
gathering capability. We may not need more severe legal
sanctions, since in the past ten years, we have
modernised our laws and we are arguably, as
well placed as any, to respond to the more
creative and determined lawbreakers with an
improved prosecution capacity.
At the end of the spectrum, we promised
to reform the penal system with a restorative
justice philosophy, to deal with the rehabil-
itation of offenders, particularly repeat offend-
ers!Mr Speaker, leadership in these matters
must come from the Government. It is the
Government that is largely responsible for the
platform of law, order and security.
Up until 2010, there was a clearly articulated
and widely accepted philosophy, driving the
measures implemented to address this national
The Government obviously did not share
this philosophy and having promised on the
hustings of 2010, that crime would be a thing
of the past in 120 days, they set about dis-
mantling our security apparatus.
Prime Ministerial mismanagement had the
effect of massive demoralisation within the
local intelligence community; and wreaked a
very severe loss of confidence by our regional
and international counterparts, in the world
of intelligence gathering and management.
The spiteful dismantling of the SAUTT,
Public confidence in police wanting
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