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As many as ten officials from the Project
Implementation Unit (PIU) of the Division
of Education Sport and Youth Affairs
(DEYAS) are being fired on a phase-by-
The information was relayed to the officials
via a memorandum dated October 29, 2015. The
memo, a copy of which Tobago Today obtained,
was addressed to the ten officials by their names
The memo said the firings were part of "an
organisational rationalisation and restructuring
exercise" being undertaken by the PIU
"The Division has recognised the significant
need to execute such an exercise for this depart-
ment with an aim to improve productivity and
increase operational efficiency and effectiveness.
The Division is expected to commence this assess-
ment from November 2, 2015," the memo said.
"This exercise is expected to be quite extensive
and may lead to the creation of new job descrip-
tions and job designations within the Unit. The
Division therefore cannot guarantee that you
would be re-engaged after your engagement has
expired. However, the Division intends to advertise
the new position, which you would be free to
proffer an application towards same. Persons
would be expected to proceed on leave based on
their contractual arrangement on a phase-by-
phase basis to accommodate the process. Each
person would be provided with a subsequent
correspondence to indicate when to proceed on
As was reported last week in Tobago Today,
several officials were sent on leave amid allegations
of corruption and shoddy work in the annual
school repair programme.
However, Secretary of DEYAS Huey Cadette,
in a media interview last Thursday, denied that
the move to send officials on leave was due to
corruption allegations. He maintained that he
was unaware of instances of nepotism and other
allegations being hurled at PIU officials over the
But the move to restructure the entire PIU
raises more questions and concerns about the
administration of the unit.
Other documentary evidence supplied to Toba-
go Today gives an insight into some longstanding
issues simmering inside the unit. In a request
for releases from the contingency fund dated
March 11, 2015, then administrator of DEYAS
Rafael Mitchell, in a letter to Cadette, made out
a compelling case for funding to meet the critical
financial needs of the Division.
"Secretary, our funding is in a critical condi-
tion," stated Mitchell.
"I am still receiving letters from attorneys
demanding payment for work done in previous
years and we are hard pressed to find funds to
vire. Only yesterday I dealt with the outstanding
matter of Global Competitive Strategies Ltd.
(GCSL), who is owed almost $3 million by the
Division. This morning I had to deal with Hardwell
Construction, who is owed approximately $150,
000 by the Division. Attempts must be made
urgently to recover funds that were utilized to
pay last year s outstanding bills.
"I have instructed the PIU not to engage any
contractor or any new project until we have iden-
tified funding. Should this continue unchecked
it would be embarrassing to the Division and the
Tobago House of Assembly (THA) by extension,"
Tobago Today went back to Cadette to question
him about who GCSL was and what project the
Division had engaged them for $3 million.
"I m not sure what you mean by who are they,
but the info I have is they were hired to do project
management some time ago," he replied.
Pressed further about the nature of the project,
Cadette said he could not remember off hand
but directed the paper to Maxie Navarro, the
division s Communication Manager, whom he
said had issued a press release on the matter
some time ago.
Despite repeated efforts Tobago Today was
unable to get a copy of the press release about
GCSL from the officer.
NOVEMBER 11-17, 2015
Our History, Our Heritage
Tobago's rst parliamentary elections were held in 1768 but candidates had to be British, Protestant, age 21 and over, and the owner of at
least 50 acres of land (or a town property with an annual rental value of £50). is meant only 35 people could become a member of the
parliament. Voters had the same nationality, age and religious restrictions, and elections were scheduled every three years.
Did you know?
(Tobago - Lennie M. Nimblett)
Members of the armed
forces created the
usual spectacle when
they marched through
the streets of
(See pages 15 & 21)
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