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Newly-appointed Works and Transport
Minister Rohan Sinanan says he is humbled
by the confidence placed in him by Prime
Minister Dr Keith Rowley "to run one of the
largest ministries at a time when the country
needs the Ministry of Works to get going."
He is promising to "work in the interest of
the country and the people."
Sinanan, who ran the People s National
Movement s successful 2015 general election
campaign, replaces Fitzgerald Hinds as Works
and Transport Minister. Hinds has been reas-
signed to the Public Utilities Ministry following
the dismissal of retired Brigadier Ancil Antoine.
Also getting the axe in yesterday s Cabinet
reshuffle was Energy Minister Nicole Olivierre,
who has been replaced by former Rural Devel-
opment and Local Government Minister
Franklin Khan. The new Minister of Rural
Development and Local Government is former
San Fernando Mayor Kazim Hosein.
Sinanan, a deputy political leader of the
People s National Movement (PNM), admitted
his new ministerial responsibilities would be
a challenge, "especially with the economic
circumstances because the Ministry of Works
is where you need a heavy bud
He said he planned to give it his all and
would "scrutinise the award of contracts"
given questions raised under the former
Sinanan said he intended to meet with the
permanent secretary and senior ministry staff
to chart the way forward.
"My job is to make sure Government policy
is implemented within the framework of a
detailed plan," he said.
Among the projects on the table are the
Valencia to Toco Highway, the Wallerfield to
Manzanilla Highway, continuation of the Point
Fortin Highway and the Chaguaramas cause-
He said he intended to make sure that he
lived up to his oath of office and not disappoint
people who put their trust in him. He said
his objective was to "serve the people and
the country to the best of my ability."
Curiously, following the official announce-
ment of Sinanan s appointment a story pub-
lished in December last year started circulating
on social media about a 50th birthday party
at his Valsayn home which was attended by
Prime Minister Rowley.
Among the guests were Jack Warner and
businessman Ishwar Galbaransingh, both of
whom are currently challenging extradition
request by US authorities.
Reports also surfaced that Sinanan bought
land once occupied by the Kay Donna Drive-
in Cinema which is earmarked to be acquired
for the Curepe Interchange.
He told the T&T Guardian: "While it is
true I do have an interest in the land which
was once occupied by the Kay Donna Cinema
along with other shareholders, what has been
circulating is very untrue. Now they will see
Sinanan said he also owned property in
Valsayn and Sangre Grande but denied he
owned land in Toco. He also dismissed as
"garbage" claims that he was paid money by
In the case of Khan, while this is the first
time he has been appointed Energy Minister,
he is no stranger to the sector.
"I am a petroleum geologist and I worked
for over two decades in the industry, so that
is my professional training. I intend to bring
my expertise to bear on the Ministry of Ener-
gy," he said.
Khan, the chairman of the PNM, has served
on the Cabinet Standing Committee on Energy
in both the Patrick Manning and Keith Rowley
administrations and said he is "reasonably
familiar with some of the issues."
Asked whether there would be any conflict
of interest in his new portfolio given his
involvement in the sector in a previous incar-
nation, Khan said: "I have no interest in any
energy sector companies as we speak."
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President Anthony Carmona, left, and Prime Minister Keith Rowley, right, with newly-
appointed Cabinet Ministers Kazim Hosein, second from left, and Rohan Sinanan, after the
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GETTING IT RIGHT
In an article headlined "Some cancers don't
need treatment" published in the T&T Guardian
of October 31, several comments were
attributed to Dr George Laquis, former
president of the T&T Cancer Society, were
either inaccurate or taken out of context.
In the interest of ensuring that readers are
able to make informed decisions about health, it
must be made clear that the role of a good
healthcare provider is to provide information
and advice that allows the patient to make an
Laquis, a physician for 48 years, is a strong
advocate of patient autonomy and respect for
and acceptance of the individual's right to make
decision about treatment.
In the case of elderly cancer patients, Laquis
explained: "Medical advice, inclusive of screening
for and/or treating certain diseases, is evidence-
based and informed by a person's health status.
"Indeed, there are algorithms that predict a
person's life expectancy that are used to direct
"For example,the United States Preventative
Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends
that mass screening for prostate cancer should
be discontinued at age 75 but the patient can
make an informed decision on whether he
wants to continue to be screened. Some
cancers, we die with not from."
In addition, Laquis said there was sometimes
overdiagnosis of some cases, not misdiagnosis,
as was incorrectly reported.
We apologise for the errors.
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bisses-
sar yesterday questioned why the Attorney
General and the Ministers of Health, Edu-
cation and National Security were not
changed in yesterday s reshuffle.
"They have been colossal failures in their
respective portfolios and have yet escaped
being removed. A cloud remains over the
head of Attorney General (Faris) Al-Rawi
for his handling of the Malcolm Jones and
other fiascos," Persad-Bissessar said in a
"This is a classic case of reshuffling bush
cards. It is now apparent that Dr Rowley
does not have a team of competent, knowl-
edgeable and experienced professionals from
whom to select Cabinet Ministers. Suitably
qualified professionals clearly do not want
to be a part of the failing Rowley regime,"
"The country has previously seen Franklin
Khan at work and has not been impressed
by his performance. His promotion to the
critical Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs
does not provide any comfort of visionary
leadership to improve the activities in this
vital sector," Persad-Bissessar said.
"The removal of Fitzgerald Hinds as Min-
ister of Works was anticipated in light of
the absence of any infrastructural works in
the first 13 months of the Rowley regime.
His replacement, Rohan Sinanan, has been
handed a major ministerial plum without
any proper experience in public service,"
During a live telephone interview during
the CNC3 s newscast, anchor Golda Lee-
Bruce asked Persad-Bissessar about criti-
cisms that would seem to make her state-
ment hypocritical because when she was
in government she reshuffled her Cabinet
about nine times.
Persad-Bissessar responded saying: "I did
reshuffle several times and every single time
it was Dr Rowley who bashed the party for
the changes that were made. I saw it as a
Government issue at that time but given
that Dr Rowley is in charge he has all the
answers. He has failed miserably in bringing
the changes promised on the campaign plat-
New ministers ready
to prove themselves
about AG, Dillon
In the Cabinet reshuffle announced via a
press release from the Office of the Prime
Minister, the former San Fernando Mayor
replaces Sarah Budhu in the Senate and now
holds the Rural Development and Local
Government portfolio previously held by Khan.
Budhu contested the seat for Caroni East for
the PNM in the last general election but was
Minister in the Office of the Attorney
General and Minister of State in the Office of
the Prime Minister Stuart Young is now
Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister.
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