Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 15th 2013 Contents Former national secu-
rity minister Jack Warner
briefly visited the site of
the walkway being con-
structed over the East
Dry River in Sea Lots,
and pledged to assist res-
idents even if he has to
pay out of his own pock-
et.Residents demanded a
walkway after Haydee
Paul, 28 and her daugh-
ters Akasha, eight, and
Shakira, seven, were
knocked down on Febru-
ary 24 by a car driven by
a police officer on the
Beetham Highway near
Pioneer Drive, where they
The construction of the
walkover recently began
but was stopped because
of a mix-up over payment
to the contractor.
Warner, who spoke to
the contractor on his cell-
phone in the presence of
members of the media,
said the issue was sorted
out and the walkway
would be completed
within a month.
"It has been resolved
now and I will see about
it...I will guarantee pay-
ment and I will get it back
on stream," he said.
"Some 12 to 15 persons
from the area will be
employed as a conse-
The cost of the mate-
rial, he said, was about
$800,000, which was
being donated by busi-
nesswoman Helen Bhag-
"The labour is costing
about $750,000, of which
Norman Sabga has
pledged to give $250,000.
I have to find the other
$500,000---and where I
find it from is nobody's
business," Warner added.
He said he had decided
to continue the project
outside of the Govern-
ment because there was
where it began.
embraced it in the first
place and therefore I give
the people of Sea Lots my
word and I want to finish
it...My word is my bond,"
While speaking to the
contractor, Warner asked
if he wanted to continue
with the job or if he
wanted to discontinue it
for fear of losing future
He said he also wanted
to ensure no contractor
was jeopardised just
because that person had
a relationship with him.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, May 15, 2013
It s nothing personal.
So said former national security
minister Jack Warner who said he
held nothing against Local Gov-
ernment and Works and Infra-
structure Minister Dr Surujrattan
Warner, at his recent rally in
Felicity, claimed Rambachan was
a "vindictive" man. But fielding
questions from reporters during
his visit to Sea Lots yesterday,
Warner said: "If he (Rambachan)
were here I would meet him and
greet him as anybody else...I have
nothing against the minister as a
"I do not look at people for who
they are, I look at them for what
they do or what they have failed
to do," he added.
Saying "in the fullness of time"
everything shall be revealed, Warner
said he would hold a press con-
ference next week at the Centre of
The findings of three "renowned
jurists" who have critiqued the
Concacaf report would be revealed,
"I am printing 25,000 copies to
give to every home in Chaguanas
West and let them see for them-
selves what three world-renowned
jurists have said about the Concacaf
report and let them make their
own judgment," he said.
"And they would tell me whether
any minister of my calibre should
ever have been even remotely con-
sidered to be a causality of the
He added the critique had paid
"rich dividends" for him.
The former minister said he was
not bitter but was rather "sorry"
for the People's Partnership Gov-
ernment because the "goodwill"
which was inherited had eroded.
"I am not bitter at all against
anybody. Why should I be bitter?
The guys who sat down and made
judgment on me without giving
me a chance to hear my side of the
story...why should I be bitter?"
"It was properly choreographed
and so on. I don't talk to any Cab-
inet member and I thank one man
only at this point for giving me
Praising Sport Minister Anil
Roberts, Warner said it was Roberts
who encouraged him to get the
three jurist to examine the report.
Warner said: "On Saturday, they
knew I was coming here. On Mon-
day he (Rambachan) called a meet-
ing with his staff at the Ministry
of Works to say he would be here
before me...to demonise me, of
course, as always.
"He cancelled it at the last
minute...I guess he got the proper
advise from his colleagues."
Rambachan is in Uganda.
Acting Minister of Works and Local
Government Ganga Singh says the Gov-
ernment has no problem with former
national security minister Jack Warner
constructing a walkway over the East
Dry River in Sea Lots with the support
of private businessmen.
Singh gave a brief interview to reporters
during yesterday's Senate tea break at
Parliament at the Waterfront Complex,
Port-of-Spain. He is acting for Dr Suru-
jrattan Rambachan, who is attending a
local government conference in Ugan-
da.Saying Warner was simply following
through on the promise, Singh said he
was aware of Warner's intention to get
the support of private sponsors and a
local contractor to complete the project.
"Once it is consistent with the devel-
opmental plan that was in place, together
with the Ministry of Works, I have no
problem with that," Singh said.
He said the plan was "not crystallised
overnight or since he demitted office.
That plan has been in place prior to that,
so this is just a follow-through."
Singh, leader of the Upper House, also
dismissed claims by Opposition Senator
Faris Al-Rawi, who told the Senate earlier
that the Upper House had been adjourned
for two weeks because it had no business
Singh said that was not so, and the
Anti-Doping in Sport Bill was debated
yesterday only, because the Opposition
objected to the six days' notice given for
"They did not want it, that short
notice. That is the only reason why (there
was no sitting."
Singh said there was a packed legisla-
tive agenda and the Senate would debate
a Customs Amendment Bill next week,
after which it would be Private Members
Day. Next, debate would commence on
the Beverage Container Bill, and he said
the debate on the Defence Amendment
Bill was scheduled to resume in early
He said Independent senator Helen
Drayton had submitted "recommenda-
tions" which were being considered by
the Office of the Attorney General. Asked
to clarify, Singh said Drayton said she
would have some amendments to the
bill.Singh said the future of that bill would
be determined when debate resumes.
Procurement, insurance and planning
legislation are also expected to be brought
to Parliament shortly, he said, but the
Government was having a problem with
the drafting department to handle the
number of bills to be drafted.
He said legislative draftsmen were
not easily procured but measures were
being implemented to address the short-
He also defended the Government's
track record on answering questions on
the Order Paper.
Asked to explain why one question on
the Boxing Board, which was due to be
answered since last December had not
been answered as yet, Singh said: "It is
a matter that certainly will engage my
The former Caroni East MP said he
had fought six elections in his career so
far and he felt that was enough, when
asked about the chances of his contesting
the Chaguanas West by-election.
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