Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 8th 2016 Contents Chairman of the Las Alturas Commission
of Enquiry, Mustapha Ibrahim, says enough
evidence was compiled to make recom-
mendations on action to be taken against
those culpable for the woes at the Lady
Young Gardens, Morvant housing project.
He made the comment after presenting
the document to President Anthony Carmona
The enquiry was appointed by Carmona
in December 2014 after the former People s
Partnership cabinet agreed to establish it
in September 2014.
Two high-rise buildings in the project
"H" and "I" of the project were deemed
unsafe for human habitation and were
Yesterday, Ibrahim said the project was
a tragedy, adding that key witnesses, for-
mer executive chairman of Udecott,
Calder Hart and China Jiangsu Interna-
tional Corporation, refused to appear
before the commission.
He said almost $80 million was spent
and the buildings were never occupied
because of the danger they posed.
"Those buildings were built upon an
immense longitudinal crack in the ground.
The buildings were built in an area where
there was shifting soil. If enquiries had been
made by the relevant authorities before the land
was acquired, it would be quite obvious to all con-
cerned that the land was not suitable for low cost
Ibrahim said the demolition of the high-rise build-
ings would be a very risky project and would cost
an estimated $18 million. He said the buildings were
cannibalised and Z the tiles and everything else
began falling off as raindrops keep falling on your
He was not sure if the report would be made
public by the authorities, but added that it would
be a waste of time "if nothing is done to prevent
San Fernando police are seeking help in iden-
tifying the body of a man who was discovered
floating yesterday in the waters at King s
Wharf, San Fernando.
Police received an anonymous tip
around 6.30 am that the bloated body
was spotted in an area behind the Cus-
toms and Immigration Department.
With the help of residents, police were
able to pull in the bod, which was close
to the shore.
Using strips torn from garbage bags,
the cops then bound the legs of the corpse
and anchored it to the rocks to prevent
it from floating away, as they awaited the
arrival of the District Medical Officer
The body is that of an East Indian man
believed to be in his thirties. He is 5 8"
tall and was wearing a black track pants
with red stripes, grey T-shirt and had a
black slipper on the left foot. The body,
which was removed to the San Fernando
Mortuary, was in a decomposed state.
Anyone with information can contact
the San Fernando police 652-2564/653-
Shock and disbelief.
This was how friends reacted to the hang-
ing death of St Francois Girls College pupil
Faith Gajadhar yesterday.
The 15-year-old, who lived with her rel-
atives at Las Alturas, Morvant, is believed to
have committed suicide on Monday night.
Her parent reportedly made the discovery.
Gajadhar was also a local model and in
2015 was the first runner-up in the Miss
petition. She was
also an avid drag-
on boat racing
The school s
to speak to the
State in the Min-
istry of Education,
expressed his condo-
lences to the family yes-
terday following the
launch of the 2016
Teacher of the Year Award at the Education Towers,
St Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain.
He said pupils at the school had already received
counselling in the wake of Gajadhar s death.
He said the Students Support Unit, which cur-
rently comprises some 500 people and deals with
such matters, was being revamped.
Francis said the ministry would also be embarking
on a recruitment drive and advertisements were
expected to be placed soon.
On how many more workers were expected to be
hired, Francis could not provide a figure.
Regarding the non-payment of substitute teachers,
he said that was being sorted out, adding the sub-
stitute programme was also being addressed with
a view of improving it.
He added that any school in Trinidad could simply
call and request a substitute teacher.
Suicide leaves lasting pain
TTUTA president Devanand Sinanan, who said
he was saddened by Gajadhar s death, said when
he was a form teacher many years ago, one of his
students also committed suicide.
On particular signs a teacher should be
wary of, he said that was difficult to say
as each student was unique with his or
her "own unique social baggage."
"Sometimes we are overwhelmed in
terms of the number of students we are
dealing with... it is sometimes really dif-
ficult to pick up on what each of them
is saying and the call for help that each
and everyone is making.
"Which is why teachers must always
remember we work as a team so that you
can flag certain behaviours, but unfor-
tunately we miss one of them," he added.
He welcomed more staff for the Stu-
dents Services Unit, saying within the last two or
three years there were guidance officers assigned to
nearly all the secondary schools but in the primary
schools, the counsellors worked in clusters.
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