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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"...If you ever feel like giving
up, reach out to a caregiver,
or the police, who may be
able to help you."
Secretary of Health, Wellness and Family Development Dr. Agatha Car-
rington Probation Hostel's Life Skills Achievement Day Ceremony
- August 24 2017
"Side by side we stand"
- Inter-island evolving affair
When prominent Trinidad businessman Gregory Aboud
questioned central government's attention to Tobago's
affairs including the island's annual budgetary allocation
and it's governing administration's spending of funds,
he was echoing the views and perceptions many Trinida-
dians hold about Tobago.
Indeed, the views unearth questions about Tobago's
economic value and its capacity to generate income and
reason for its continued dependence on the national treasury.
Additionally, the perceptions question the value of the
governing relationship between the two islands.
It's a relationship, fraught with woes, having been
tested in tested in court more than once. During the Peo-
ple's Partnership's tenure, the THA legally fought and lost
the central government's right to administer its own for-
Prior to that the then Chief Secretary Hochoy Charles
successfully challenged Tobago's allocation of the nation-
al budget. The Dispute Resolution Commission's decision,
to allocate Tobago no less than 4.03 per cent with an upward
limit of 6.9 percent of the national budget, was born.
It's this financial agreement which bugs many non-To-
The feeling is that Tobago must earn its keep and con-
tribute to national growth and not go , cap in hand every
year, to Trinidad.
That image and perception anger Tobagonians as the
prevailing view is that many of Tobago's resources are
exploited by Trinidad and islanders are being denied what
is rightfully theirs.
Over the years, the picture of then Chief Secretary Orville
London travelling to Trinidad during the presentation of
the national budget and expressing relief or disgust depend-
ing on which party held the central government reigns was
fodder for political pundits and John Public.
So much so when the PP government failed to follow the
dictates of law and precedent and added the funds spent
by other ministries, as part of the DRC resolution, the
THA threatened to take the central government to court.
Highlighting the story, the Guardian's September 13th,2013
headline screamed, " THA to seek budget back pay."
Whether the billion-dollar allocations from Trinidad
were spent properly over the years is the source of consid-
erable debate especially around election time.
Beyond Economics, the political relationship between the
two islands has always been questioned, in and out of
The need to improve the ever evolving relationship saw
political parties across the divide coming together briefly
forming a Standing Committee to prepare and present draft
self government Bills to the central government.
Ashworth Jack's, leader of the Tobago Organisation of the
People (TOP), subsequent withdrawal from the committee
made him a pariah in Tobago by the ruling political party's
It's evident that much work has to be done for Trinida-
dians and Tobagonians to understand the political and
economic relationship between the two islands.
Happy Independence Day readers. "May God bless our
THA Chief Secretary Kelvin Charles, third from right, presents
Rotary Club International District Governor Waddy Sowma with a
gift during a courtesy call at the Administrative Complex, Calder
Hall on Monday (August 28). Also in photo, from left, are president
of the Rotary Club of Tobago Paul Thomas, president of the Rotary
Club of South West Tobago Annette Lewis-Williams, president of
the Rotaracy Club of Tobago Danelle De Coteau, president of the
Interact Club of SW Tobago Davina Nelson and assistant governor
of the Rotary Clubs of Tobago Gary Williams. Photo:THA Info Dept
Courtesy Call On The
Rotary Club Of Tobago
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