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I write as a concerned resident of Tobago. For the last
couple of years, I have watched the Chief Secretary Golf
Tournament, which is held and sponsored by the Chief
Secretary and have come to the conclusion that it can
enrich the lives of Tobagonians.
The charity is collecting tax payers dollars yet I can find
no accountability anywhere about how, where and why the
money is spent. Is it a tourism product to showcase the
rest of the world to Tobago? What exactly is it and more
importantly who runs it?
Now that we have to watch how we spend money from
the public purse I am sure the average Tobagonian will like
to find out how much money has gone to this charity event
over the past 16 years and how it has benefitted them.
The thing is that a charity tournament gives information,
like the ones mentioned above, so that the event can stand
up to public scrutiny.
Contrast the manner in which this is done to the Prime
Minister's Charity Golf Tournament. That charity has a
full committee and the Prime Minister's Office doesn't take
tax payers money to give to the charity, the charity com-
mittee goes out and raises its own funding to support its
Need I repeat that once public funds are spent there
must be full accountability.
Going forward a committee should be set up by the
Office of the Chief Secretary to oversee this project. Of
course, members of the golf fraternity must be a part. It
must also include members of charity organisations and
give a breakdown of how much money was given for the
event and which Tobagonians benefitted.
What we have seen so far are a few elderly homes being
given household appliances which can be had through a
Also, I look at the age of the people involved in the
tournament and they are generally over 50 years. What will
happen to the tournament when these people can no lon-
ger be involved in the sport? Are they passing on their
knowledge to younger Tobagonians?
Seeing that the Chief Secretary's office sponsors the
event should it not set the tone for the manner in which
charity organisations should operate in Tobago?
I await some changes to this most notable event.
Tobago resident from England
I was pleased to see the number of persons marching in
Scarborough, hand in hand with the labour movement, last
week. Our comrade, Duke, who has been ostracised for a
number of years by the movement was walking with his
comrades and smiling. I want to remind him that not every
'skin teeth' is a laugh as his comrades may be seeking to
Why has the labour movement, who have not marched in
Tobago for years, suddenly found it fit to visit Tobago to be
with Tobagonians? Though they talk about solidarity they
are the ones that have refused to march with him in Fyzabad
over the years and he, as president of the Public Services
Association (PSA), has gone it alone.
He is the only labour leader that has stood up for the
people of Tobago when they faced the conditions which the
Tobago House of Assembly (THA) has set up for contracted
workers giving contracts that vary in time from three months
to three years.
I want to warn comrade Duke, that as a country boy -
born and breed in Tobago, he has to be wary of people
jumping on and off the bandwagon. He has seen this when
all of his recent calls for Tobagonians to stand up with him
and protest the conditions on the sea bridge were met with
stony silence. Many said they will march but few turned up.
I want to tell him too that he must not take last week's
march by the trade unions as a show of strength. He may
not be able to rely on them if or when he needs them.
As a Tobagonian, I was shocked at the amount of agri-
cultural produce that is not from Tobago, when I visit the
During the last elections when I heard politicians on the
platform talking about a number of vegetables and fruits
coming from other islands I dismissed their claims. Since
then I have gone to the market several times and taken the
time to identify where each vegetable or fruit comes from.
Believe me when I say I was shocked when I reviewed the
notes I had painstakingly written about where each vegeta-
ble or fruit originated.
Growing up everybody had a backyard garden and shared
their produce with their neighbours. Back then too there
were many farmers and we sold our produce to Trinidad.
Now the tables seemed to have turned and we are now
buying almost all of our stuff from every nation on the
earth. That is very sad.
It is not enough to say that the Tobago House of Assem-
bly is not doing what it should could to promote agriculture
and that has resulted in our present agricultural crisis. Yes,
it is a crisis! A nation that cannot feed itself is in a crisis!
I need to state that the THA has done little with the
money they have been given from central government to
encourage and promote agriculture. What of the Black Belly
sheep project and similar initiatives taken by the Agriculture
I shudder to think what will happen to us if we continue
going down this road.
a show of
We need to focus
THA Belle Garden
Volunteers and representatives of the
Division of Infrastructure, Quarries and the
Environment embarked on a clean-up
exercise at the beach at Belle Garden on
Monday morning (July 3, 2017). This is part
of the Tobago House of Assembly's drive
to protect the island's environment.
THA DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION
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