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General secretary of the Prison Officers
Association Gerard Gordon says the
organisation is hoping to return to the
umbrella of the Ministry of National Secu-
Three years ago the Prison Service was
moved to the Ministry of Justice, which
was formed under the previous govern-
In a phone interview on Friday, Gordon
said the association is waiting to see the
He said the association did not have a
problem with the appointment of the new
National Security Minister retired Major
General Edmund Dillon.
"We are waiting to see what is going to
happen and we don t have an issue with
his appointment. He has a wealth of expe-
rience and this has proven to be an asset
to the country," he said.
Gordon said the association had not
received any formal communication on the
issue but was anxiously awaiting its return
to the Ministry of National Security.
"We have not heard from any official
sources what is going to happen but we
think it was signalled in light of our new
Prime Minister (Dr Keith Rowley) to reduce
the number of ministries. In the upcoming
days we expect to hear what are the plans
for the Prison Service," he said.
Meanwhile, President of the Fire Service
and Prison Service Associations Leo
Ramkissoon congratulated (Dillon) on his
However, Ramkissoon said the associ-
ation was concerned there was no mention
of the Fire Service.
"We look foward to working with him
(Dillon). However, we have noted and we
are concerned as we saw actions in his
introduction into the ministry," he said.
He said it was reported that Dillon met
with the acting Police Commissioner
Stephen Williams and the Chief of Defence
Staff Major General Kenrick Maharaj and
other stakeholders to familiarise him with
issues in national security.
"But we heard nothing of Fire Services
and the head of the service. While we admit
and we know crime is the most pressing
issue of national concern. The Fire Service
is still under the Ministry of National Secu-
rity and plays an important role in the
safety of citizens of T&T. There are many
affecting issues which have been aired in
the public domain in recent times by the
association," he said.
Sport and Youth Affairs Minister
Darryl Smith says he will await the
conclusion of the police investigation
in the controversial LifeSport pro-
"I am going to leave that for the police
to do. We are not on a witch hunt,"
Smith said minutes after being sworn
in on Friday with the rest of the Cabinet
at Queen s Hall, St Ann s.
Asked if the T&T Police Service were
taking too long with its investigation
into the programme, Smith said that
was not his call.
"They (police) have been doing its
(investigations) and the AG and his team will
deal with that. That is not my job. I want to focus
on the young athletes in the country."
Smith, who obtained a football scholarship to
North America as a youth, said he would not ask
the police to accelerate its investigations, but would
await their findings and outcome.
A few week ago, Deputy Commissioner of Police
Glen Hackett told the media the investigation into
the now-defunct programme would be long and
Last year, former prime minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar had ordered an audit into LifeSport after
it was revealed that the programme, which was
under the purview of then minister Anil Roberts,
was riddled with financial irregularities and was
In August 2011, the then People s Partnership
Cabinet had agreed to implementation of the Life-
Sport programme by the Ministry of Sport, through
the Sport Company of T&T. It was launched in
June 2012 and started in August 2012.
Up to the time of the audit, the pro-
gramme was being run in 43 centres
throughout T&T for young men 16-
25.However, the Finance Ministry s
central audit team concluded there
was poor monitoring and control of
the programme by the Sport Ministry,
there may have been breaches of the
Proceeds of Crime Act---and police
information suggested criminal ele-
ments may have supervised and co-
ordinated Life Sport.
Sport Minister Darryl Smith is
interviewed by members of the media
after the swearing-in ceremony of
Prime Minister's Dr Keith Rowley
Cabinet at Queen's Hall, St Ann's, on
Friday. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
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