Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 16th 2015 Contents YVONNE WEBB
The Oilfields Workers Trade Union (OWTU) is calling
on the Dr Keith Rowley Government to move away
from appointing members to the various State boards
strictly on the basis of party loyalty.
OWTU s Education Officer Ozzi Warwick said the
appointment of friends and relatives on the basis of
party loyalty and not on qualification could lead to inef-
ficiency, incompetence and corruption.
In a telephone interview, Warwick said it was important
to note that the State enterprises belonged to the people
of T&T and in this vein, the boards should comprise
a mix of political and professionals to ensure efficient
OWTU advice to Govt:
Don't let party loyalty
guide State board jobs
The ceremonial opening of the first ses-
sion of the 11th Parliament takes place next
Wednesday at Tower D, International
Waterfront Centre, Wrightson Road, Port-
This was confirmed in a release issued by
the Parliament yesterday.
President Anthony Carmona will address both
the House of Representatives and the Senate during
It will be the first sitting under the new People s
National Movement (PNM) Government led by
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley. Before Carmona s
address there is to be the election of a Speaker of
the House of Representatives. Former attorney
general Bridgid Annisette-George is expected to
be given that job.
In the Senate former Minister of Legal Affairs,
Christine Kangaloo, an attorney-at-law, is expected
to be elected as Senate President. New MP for
Moruga/Tableland Dr Francis Lovell is expected to
be elected as Deputy Speaker. The T&T Guardian
understands that he was not the first choice of
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley for the job.
Before the respective elections take place, Car-
mona will also inspect a Guard of Honour assembled
outside the Parliament on Wrightson Road.
According to Parliament, a ceremonial opening
of Parliament following a general election is one
of the grandest affairs and this will be the first cer-
emonial opening to take place at the Waterfront
after the move from the Red House in 2011.
Among the invited guests are Chief Justice Ivor
Archie, judges of the Supreme Court, diplomats,
and students from schools who are preparing to
participate in the 13th National Youth Parliament
later this year. There will be increased security
inside and outside the Parliament during the event.
Tents are to be placed at the Waterfront for the
overflow of specially invited guests as well as for
the convenience of members of the general public,
who may observe the inspection of the Guard of
Honour by Carmona.
A large screen is to be placed outside the Par-
liament. The sitting is set to begin at 1.30 pm.
Following the September 7 general election the PNM
won 23 seats and the People s Partnership won 18, to
form the Opposition. Kamla Persad-Bissessar is expected
to be elected as Opposition Leader.
After a brief sitting both Houses are expected to
adjourn. The House of Representatives is expected to
meet again on September 28, when Finance Minister
Colm Imbert will present the 2016 national budget.
Do you believe this
Government can reduce
the crime rate?
Rowley is a no-
He will stamp out a
lot of the corruption in
the Police Service.
Very hard to answer.
We have two forces to
deal with, a negative
and a positive. Unless
the people of T&T
serve God, change
ourselves and learn to
love each other as
ourselves, crime would
not go down.
Yes. I listened to
and found it
is trying to instill
a sense of
have to do it and
not depend on the
Yes and no. It
depends on the
type of policy they
put in place to
prevent it. From
what I have heard
so far, I have the
I doubt very
much. The last
called the gang
Rowley is too
the people he
put cannot do
of time there
was crime. No
that. The best
they can do is
poor is, there
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