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by 50 per cent
The Auditor General’s Department is cur-
rently understaffed by 50 per cent.
The figure was given by assistant auditor
general Shiva Sinanan during a Public Ac-
counts Committee (PAC) meeting into the
Airports Authority of T&T (AATT) on Wednes-
Sinanan was asked why the department
was late in auditing the financial statements
of the AATT which prompted Sinanan to reveal
that the department was lacking in manpower
to get their jobs done.
Sinanan admitted that the department was “un-
derstaffed by 50 per cent....auditor resources.
So over the last.... may be two years we have
been contracting out audit work with our
reviews being done with our quality con-
Sinanan did not say what was the re-
quired strength at the department to get
their job done.
The department has audited only 50 per
cent of the AATT’s 2014, 2015 and 2016 fi-
Kiosks will end long
By June of this year, the long lines and confusion passen-
gers have been facing to be cleared by immigration at
Piarco International Airport will be a thing of the past.
This assurance was given by Airport Authority of
T&T (AATT) general manager Hayden Newton at a
Public Accounts Committee meeting into the AATT
chaired by Dr Bhoe Tewarie at the ANR Robinson
Room, Parliament Building, Port-of-Spain on Wednes-
“The immigration challenge we are talking about...I
want to indicate that by June that should be cleared
up because there are going to be an additional incom-
ing kiosks and five in Tobago.”
Member Melissa Ramkissoon asked Newton if he
was giving citizens the assurance that in the next three
months passengers should not encounter any issues at
“That is the plan. Right now when you are leaving
(the airport) you have to sign off this immigra-
tion form internationally. There would be no
need for that. There would be E-Gates as you
would see in other international airports.
That will be introduced at both Piarco and
Newton said five of the machines are already
at Piarco with the system coming on stream at
both airports by June.
Automated E-Gate enables airports to move
travellers through immigration checkpoints
faster and with less manpower, while maintain-
ing a high level of security. It is also a form of
automated border control.
In Newton’s opening statement, he admitted
that one of the biggest bugbears was the ageing
infrastructure of Piarco’s airport, while their
top priority was managing the construction of
a new $500 million terminal building for the
ANR Robinson Airport in Tobago.
Work on the project will begin by the end of
2018 with completion in one year’s time.
Newton said the AATT will be operating under
the current rules of the procurement legislation
for this project.
Airport manager at PAC meeting:
Six Cabo Star ferry passengers who
sought medical attention in Tobago all
had minor complaints, Health Minister
Terrence Deyalsingh told UNC MP Dr Tim
Gopeesingh in Parliament.
Deyalsingh said after seeking medical
attention, they were triaged, sent to the
Accident and Emergency Depart-
ment, treated and discharged.
Deyalsingh said there were no
serious complaints that required
warding at Scarborough Hospital.
He couldn’t say what caused their
issues and didn’t know if they had
On another ferry query, Prime
Minister Dr Keith Rowley said Gov-
ernment isn’t aware if any of the
passengers aboard the water taxi —
which shut down at sea on Wednes-
day— had to obtain medical
attention. Rowley said the water
taxis can be used on the ferry ser-
vice “from- time- time.” While not
ideal, he added they were suitable
for emergencies, especially accord-
ing to the sea’s state.
STOLLMYERS CASTLE TO BE USED AS
ARTS & CULTURAL CENTRE
Stollmeyers’ Castle will be used for
a Community Development Ministry,
Arts and Cultural Centre, OPM Spokes-
man Stuart Young told UNC MP Barry
Padarath. Young confirmed it would host
exhibitions and would also be a hall-for-
hire for small events, for fees determined by
the management of NAPA.
WHO’S THE SPORT OFFICIAL
Payment of a $150,00 claim con-
cerning action against the Sport
Ministry and Chief Personnel
Officer (CPO) had a non-disclo-
sure agreement in it, Attorney
General Faris Al-Rawi told UNC’s
Barry Padarath. The payment
was based on two legal opin-
ions and the matter involved
improper procedure on termi-
nation. Al-Rawi said he could
speak no further on it, declining
to identify the rank of the min-
istry official against whom the
claim was made.
Jet-ski/watersports rules ahead
The Tourism Ministry is developing
policies for a T&T Tourism Regula-
tory Authority whose work will
cover visitor safety, Attorney
General Faris Al-Rawi told
UNC MP Dr Lackram Bodoe.
Al-Rawi said that aspect will
cover safety rules for those
participating in jet sking,
parasailing and other water-
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