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February 28, 2016 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
The board of the Education Facil-
ities Company Ltd (EFCL) has taken
a decision to terminate the employ-
ment of its suspended chief execu-
tive officer Sharma Maharaj and
chief operations officer, Kiran Shah.
The termination was effective on
Both men, who were retained
under the former People s Partnership
government, received their dismissal
letters from the EFCL s corporate sec-
Confirmation came yesterday from
EFCL chairman and former agricul-
ture minister Arnold Piggott.
Piggott said, "The board, having
lost confidence in the two executive
members, took a decision to terminate
Piggott, however, refused to answer
any further questions.
Last November, police officers were
called in by the current board, as part
of the ongoing criminal probe into
the EFCL s operations under its for-
After their visits the officers report-
edly carted away several hard drives
from computer systems at the offices
and other documents.
A private room was also discovered
when the new board, led by Piggott,
toured the Maraval offices.
A small group of EFCL employees
were found to be doctoring docu-
ments and back-dating contracts.
Following the discovery, Maharaj
and Shah were suspended with full
pay and benefits, pending the out-
come of an investigation into the
EFCL s operations under the previous
The EFCL also ordered two inde-
"The audits were conducted
because the company was in a bad
shape. We would need to put in a lot
of controls in the area of accounting
and auditing in particular, so that we
can cut back on any wastage and
provide value for money in the award-
ing of contracts," a source at the EFCL
The source said the EFCL was
seeking to re-establish good man-
agement principles and improve its
"EFCL is committed to focussing
on the core business of the company,
which is to build, repair and maintain
as well as outfit all schools from Early
Childhood Care and Education to
secondary. This with the objective of
providing a healthy and comfortable
learning and teaching environment."
The positions of both men would
have to be filled, but the source could
not say when.
"The board is on a re-organisation
of the company and in that process
will determine what is required to
deliver on its mandate."
RHONDA KRYSTAL RAMBALLY
A new political leader of the Tobago Council
of the People s National Movement (PNM)
will be elected in the coming months as the
party prepares for the Tobago House of
Assembly (THA) election in January 2017.
Current leader, Dr Orville London, will not
be contesting the position.
The party will host its special convention on
April 3 at the St John s Ambulance Association
& Brigade of T&T, Fitzblackman Drive.
This, according to PNM chairman, Franklin
Khan, when he addressed the media after yes-
terday s general council meeting at Balisier
He said the main item on the agenda for the
convention would be amendments to the party s
constitution as it relates to the voting of officers
under the one-man-one-vote system in Tobago.
Khan said, "In 2013, when we amended the
party s constitution to the one-man-one-vote,
Tobago was not included in that.
"Tobago still voted for its officers under the
"This proposal will now make the positions
of political leader of Tobago Affairs and chairman
of the Tobago Council subject to the one-man-
"These two positions will be elected every
four years and all other positions on the exec-
utive Tobago Council will be under a delegate
system for a two-year period."
Khan also said Prime Minister Dr Keith Row-
ley informed all 41 constituencies that they
needed to submit a comprehensive and detailed
plan as to the types of donations and contri-
butions they intended to make towards the
restoration of Balisier House and the construc-
tion of a new building.
A man was gunned down
while on his bike at Dora s
Lotto Booth, Southern Main
Road, Cunupia, on Friday.
Police said that at 3.30 pm on
Friday, Ashton Villafana, 26, a
construction worker who lives
at No 1 Teak Drive, Homeland
Gardens, Cunupia, rode up to
the Lotto booth where he was
approached by two men armed
with guns. The men, who came
out of a light green vehicle, shot
Villafana about the body and he
slumped to the ground. Both
men then ran back to the car
which headed in a northerly
direction along the Southern
PC Baptiste and PC Bisnath
took the victim to the Chagua-
nas Accident and Emergency
Department where he was pro-
nounced dead by Doctor Been-
itez. The vehicle was later recov-
ered abandoned along Bernard
street, off Mc Carthy Street,
Dass Trace, Cunupia.
Visiting the scene were Snr
Supt Jason Forde, Supt Kenny
Mc Intyre, ASP Sooker, Sgt
Toolaram and Sgt Jodhan and
killed outside bar
Meanwhile, at 2 pm yesterday,
Seon Edwards was gunned down
while liming outside Copper s
Bar in Valencia. A white Tiida
pulled up and gunmen opened
fire on Edwards who died on
EFCL fires Shah, Maharaj
The management of Wonderful World is in the
process of concluding an official enquiry into the
case of Njemile Webb, who accused the company
of denying her a job because she wears a hijab.
The company which has been in existence for
42 years has categorically denied that Webb s inci-
dent stems from any gender, religious or ethnic
In a press release issued yesterday, the clothing
company said in the interest of fairness to all parties
concerned, it was their respectful view that an
enquiry must be undertaken before any compre-
hensive statement is released to the media and its
The company said it was imperative that they
met with staff members who were involved in rela-
tion to the incident.
"As a locally owned company we have prided
ourselves as being responsible and celebrate the
diversity of our customers. We have always appre-
ciated the support received from our customers
who comprise of all ethnicities and religious per-
Wonderful World stated that they were not
against members of the Muslim faith.
"We state unequivocally that Wonderful World
employs persons from all denominations and reli-
gious persuasions and will continue to do so."
into hijab case
New leader of PNM Tobago Council to be elected
Two more gunned down
Police officers, CSI and curious onlookers at the murder scene where Seon Edwards (inset) was gunned down while liming outside
Copper's Bar in Valencia yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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