Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 15th 2017 Contents web chat A25
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
In 2009 I wrote an article indicat-
ing that given our political history,
a revenue authority with contract
officers appointed by the political
party in service is an extremely
dangerous endeavour. I repeat my
concerns today. The Trinidad and
Tobago Revenue Authority (TTRA)
must be opposed by every patriot
Are citizens concerned about
the transfer from the Board of
Inland Revenue and the Customs
to the T&T Revenue Authority? It
can be considered irresponsible,
almost dangerous, for any Gov-
ernment to assign a corporation
to be responsible for over 90 per
cent of the country’s revenue.
The implications may be scary.
How can any responsible citizenry
allow its government to transfer
the responsibility of managing the
nation’s purse to a board of polit-
ical appointees without the over-
sight of the public service? Already
there are threats to seize citizen’s
property, audit the businesses of
specific individuals and refuse ap-
proval for imports.
Consider the possibilities: a
board appointed to manage the af-
fairs of the TTRA can feel obliged
to the political directorate since
their job is dependent on those
appointing them. Public Servants
are not obligated to any political
body as they are appointed by the
Public Service Commission and
are obligated to the State not the
How can any responsible citizen
allow the wealth of our nation to
escape the scrutiny of the Minis-
try of Finance? A board, not pub-
lic servants, will be responsible
for the operation of a corporation
which will be responsible for man-
aging the income of a nation.
How can citizens ensure ac-
countability? What about Cus-
toms? At present there is the
perception that regardless of
one’s political persuasion, one
will be treated according to the
law when importing or export-
ing goods. Under a politically ap-
pointed board, Customs Officers
whose jobs will be managed by a
corporation chosen by political
appointees, can feel obliged to
treat members of the ruling party
differently from other citizens.
The present government may
scoff at the suggestions of impro-
priety since they may feel that
their administration is staffed with
incorruptible individuals seeking
the national interest. One can
argue that since an administration
must get a mandate from the elec-
torate every five years, there is the
possibility that a new government
of not-so -good individuals can be
appointed to manage the TTRA
and access the nation’s wealth
without public service oversight.
Such an unscrupulous regime
can prevent Customs Officers from
intercepting drugs entering our
country; they can allow friends
and acquaintances to import
goods, arms and ammunitions
without the scrutiny that is re-
quired under the present system.
The possibilities of impropri-
ety, nepotism, money launder-
ing, irresponsible spending, lack
of accountability, loyalty to po-
litical party rather than country,
international black-market trade,
currency manipulation and other
poor border supervision exist
more so under a corporation ap-
pointed by a political party in
power than a public service whose
loyalty is tied to the State. These
are not issues that should be al-
lowed to escape the scrutiny of
God Bless Our Nation.
It can be considered irresponsible almost dangerous
for any Government to assign a corporation to be
responsible for over 90 per cent of the country’s
revenue. The implications may be scary.
National Security Minister Ed-
mund Dillon says action will be
taken against Immigration of-
ficers found in breach of the Im-
migration Act following the chaos
caused by apparent sick-out action
at the Piarco International Airport
Nara Adhama All mouth and
no trousers...can’t do them any-
thing. What about the day of total
Shawne Bahaboor All they
have to do is to walk with a sick
leave and that’s it, plus they are
entitled to casual days off.
Alicia Cooper The minister
can’t do them anything. He didn’t
hire them. So he surely can’t disci-
pline them, either.
Koheleth Wiseone That’s a
good front page picture of the
problem in Immigration.
Samuel Fitzpatrick Buss them
up. They trying to destabilise our
Johnny Cage Starting with in-
competent government ministers.
Glenn Persad No heads will
roll, only talk.
Imtiaz Hosein The best action
you can take Dillon is to demit
your office. Better you take up
dancing as your vocation. You are
a good dancer.
Richard Mohan If they are in-
deed guilty of breaching the act,
they should be fired immediately
and they need to kick Duke out as
their union representative!
Patrick Ramdoo Did heads roll
when the police shut down the
Jake Simms Ole talk...thats
small thing...who can prove these
officers were not sick....as they
would claim...and who could chal-
lenge a medical certificate from a
CMO or DMO?
Ingrid Kydd They did that be-
cause they know that no action
will be taken.
Pamela Jagdeo Yes, permanent
sick leave from the same doctors!
Imagine flying for five and six
hours to face another five hours
to clear immigration? By the over-
paid custom officers!
Shoba Persad Steups. That’s
just talk....let’s wait and see.
Brian Samlalsingh Just another
event to discourage tourists from
coming here. Bad example in tak-
ing out a Minister and bringing
him to the front of the line. Locals
accept this type of thing but for-
eigners do not. Babes, young chil-
dren and the incapacitated should
come first, whatever the circum-
Novana Forde I wonder if these
Custom officers really understand
how their actions affect travellers?
They love the power they laud
over theie customers and disre-
spect those in authority. Now what
exactly are the problems they are
experiencing that caused them to
react as they did? The President
of the PSA is more interested in
winning election and is using his
Inhumane act on
Works and Transport Minister
Rohan Sinanan says the prolonged
delay faced by passengers arriving
at the Piarco International Airport
on Sunday was uncalled for and
Vitas Butkoon Cabo Star and
Ferry service wasn’t inhumane for
Sherry Ali The sea bridge issue
is also inhumane.
Richard Lutchman Not paying
money for work done is that hu-
Anderson Khan Was Duke re-
sponsible for this?
Teresa Lynch That was so inhu-
mane! I’ve travelled in peak sea-
son and never have I seen such
Ryan Steinberg Jr How lost
are these people? They knew that
there were five flights inbound and
they were shorthanded but did
nothing to plan for the problem.
Now Sinanan once again sorry for
failure to plan.
Boards gone rogue
Joint Select Committee ( JSC)
member Wade Mark yesterday de-
scribed 39 State-companies which
racked up a $44 billion debt as
Gerald Mejias Who allowed
this to happen and most impor-
tant, what was the money use for?
Melina Hutchinson Why is
Mark surprised about these rogue
elements? The majority of bor-
rowing by these state companies
occurred under the UNC govern-
ment! And Petrotrin heads the list
of being the biggest borrowers!
Ryan Steinberg Jr TT gone
rogue. 2018 will be a defining
moment in T&T history. I say no
for hit and run
A week has passed since Khem-
chand Roopnarine and Patricia
Harripersad were killed while
walking with their children, yet
the driver in the hit and run inci-
dent has not been caught.
Ozra Nellyne Peters And we
want the police to do better, while
we the citizens, hide our criminal
children, cousins, boyfriends, hus-
bands, relatives. We need laws in
situations like this so the police
can tap phones.
Nila Mahase Maharaj Imagine
this gross incompetence from the
police ...a simple case and yet...
Koheleth Wiseone So they
know the name and address of the
driver. What law prevents the po-
lice from putting up his photo for
information on his whereabouts?
How come in other countries they
Candis Williams They’ll find
him, just a matter of time.
Ava Camille TTPS needs to post
his picture... The public will find
Revenue Authority can be a dangerous endeavour
Heads to roll
of the day
“Health is the greatest gift,
contentment the greatest wealth,
faithfulness the best relationship.”
“In the confrontation between the
stream and the rock,
the stream always wins.
Not through strength, but through
“ There is no path to happiness:
happiness is the path.”
“ Thousands of candles can be lit
from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not
Happiness never decreases by
Scores of passengers wait in line to be
processed by the only two immigration
officers who reported for duty on Sunday.
Links Archive November 14th 2017 November 16th 2017 Navigation Previous Page Next Page