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Senior government officials
are calling on deputy chairman
of the Airports Authority Kurt
Ajodha to resign, if it is con-
firmed that he presented a bogus
curriculum vitae to secure his
position, as alleged by Opposi-
tion MP Colm Imbert.
A source said yesterday that
Transport Minister Chandresh
Sharma had instructed his office
to get all the information relating
to Ajodha s qualifications so the
matter could be investigated.
Sharma is in Canada attending
his daughter s graduation.
Yesterday, however, a high-
ranking Cabinet member who
was involved in selecting Ajodha
for the position said any member
of a board who claims to have
academic qualifications he or she
does not have should resign.
"I think this is the most appro-
priate action," the Cabinet source
"You have to say what you pre-
sented in your CV, and as a result
of that, if what you said was false,
then you have to go. You should
not wait for others to take action."
The Cabinet member also
expressed confidence that Ajodha
would take the "most appropriate
course of action" to rectify the
Senior Cabinet members also
said it was not customary for
Cabinet to examine qualification
certificates after being given a
"That is best practice, and it
should be followed, but you have
to leave room for human error.
"The norm is that the check
is done on a person submitting
information, but the general fact
is sometimes you don t check
their certificates," the source said,
noting that the post of deputy
chairman does not require a
"I am not making an excuse,
but there are thousands of people
who practise in various fields and
they are not qualified."
The source said consideration
was given to expertise and train-
ing where applicable.
Asked what Ajodha s qualifi-
cations were, the senior govern-
ment minister said he had to
review what was presented in the
CV.Asked whether Ajodha had
PMP (project manager profes-
sional) certification from the
International Project Manage-
ment Institute, the official said
he did not know.
When the T&T Guardian
checked the PMI s online registry,
there was no listing for Ajodha.
Several attempts were made to
contact Ajodha at the Airports
Authority yesterday but there was
no answer at his extension.
His Linked-In profile said
Ajodha was the managing director
of Creative Home Solutions Ltd
and was involved in the T&T
industry of architecture and plan-
Diego Martin North/East MP
Colm Imbert said yesterday that
he had obtained a copy of Ajod-
ha s CV, which said he was the
holder of a degree in civil engi-
neering from UWI, a bachelors
in architecture and a PMP.
It also lists Ajodha as a civil
engineer with ten years experi-
ence and said he had worked with
Nipdec and Hafeez Karamath
construction company and was
a design consultant for Millen-
nium Holdings with the IBI
Group of Companies and Atlantic
During debate in Parliament
on Wednesday, Imbert raised the
issue of Ajodha s qualifications
as he spoke of the Airports
Authority, which he said was to
receive an additional allocation
of $27 million.
He called on Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar to check
the CVs of all board members in
all state enterprises.
He claimed one statutory
authority board member was
unqualified for the post and a
senior executive at a state enter-
prise was related to its chairman.
In 2011, Reshmi Ramnarine
resigned after her qualifications
for the post of director of the
Security Intelligence Agency (SIA)
came into question.
She resigned and later changed
In February, Dr Hafizool Ali
Mohammed, one of the commis-
sioners appointed to sit on the
commission of enquiry into the
1990 coup attempt, admitted his
curriculum vitae contained inac-
curacies, after a report in the T&T
The Government has settled
66 out of 75 collective bar-
gaining agreements for work-
ers at a cost of some $8 bil-
This was revealed by Plan-
ning and Sustainable Develop-
ment Minister Dr Bhoendradatt
Tewarie in the Senate yesterday.
He was contributing to
debate on legislation to increase
the 2012/13 national budget by
more than $2.8 billion.
Tewarie also said there were
several investments which were
about to take place in the coun-
try to improve T&T s economic
Independent Senator Helen
Drayton, in her contribution,
expressed concern with the
level of spending by the Gov-
ernment. She said the Govern-
ment was using the Treasury
like it was an ATM.
She also recommended that
Government should "scrutinise
the ODPM to avoid a disaster."
She told legislators she could
not understand why "four
months before the end of a fis-
cal year and way into the rainy
and hurricane season, you d be
asking for millions to strength-
en disaster preparedness."
She said developments
speaks to the need for proper
Meanwhile, Trade Minister
Vasant Bharath leaves on Mon-
day for talks with officials in
Jamaica over the trade relations
with that country.
He said he would also dis-
cuss matters relating to
Caribbean Airlines Limited in
Bharath spoke with reporters
in Parliament yesterday.
He said there was no trade
war between the two countries.
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In a touching display of motherly
love, Desiree Waddell yesterday aban-
doned her seat and stood between her
twin daughters Khadijah and Kherti-
ma Taylor s caskets, singing to them
for the last time at their funeral.
Smiling as she lovingly stroked pho-
tographs of her girls that were air-
brushed onto their caskets, Waddell
sang praises to Jesus Christ as mourners
paid their last respects to the twins
during their funeral service at the
Revival Time Assembly Church, San
Waddell was sitting next to the girls
father, Edwin Taylor, when she seemed
to be moved by the music and overcome
with love for her 18-year-old twin
daughters. She went to the girls caskets,
which were airbrushed in their favourite
colours---pink and purple---and sang.
The twins brother, Dmitri, curled up
and laid his head in his mother s lap
and cried himself to sleep.
It was one of the many emotional
moments at the funeral for the Mara-
bella twins, both of whom were killed,
along with their friend Kafiya Gill, on
Sunday when the car they were in
crashed at Cross Crossing, San Fer-
Gill s mother, Peggy Ann Riley, also
attended the funeral and shared her
sympathy with Waddell.
Both mothers embraced briefly dur-
ing the service.
Waddell maintained her composure
through the ceremony, smiling as
mourners greeted her.
As Riley began to weep, however,
Waddell held the woman s face, placed
her head to Riley s head and told her
firmly, "Do not cry, do not cry."
Khadijah and Khertima were
described as "perfect twins" by their
aunt Nadia Mc Donald, who delivered
the eulogy at the funeral.
"They came together, they played
together, they partied together, now
they leave together. They were perfect
twins," Mc Donald told the congrega-
She told the packed church, which
barely had standing room on its two
levels, that the girls were not just Wad-
dle s and Taylor s twins, "they were our
The girls were later laid to rest side
by side in the same grave at Marabella
St Joseph s Convent, San Fernando,
students, dressed in their uniforms,
also crowded the funeral hall to bid
farewell to their schoolmates.
The haunting strains of Andrea
Bocelli s Time to say Goodbye echoed
through the church as the school s choir
sang a multi-lingual version of the song
in memory of their friends. Some of
the twins school friends also paid trib-
ute to the girls as they shared their
memories of the times they spent
together in school.
One of the students described Khadi-
jah and Khertima as "inseparable."
St Joseph s Convent principal Dinna
Bainey said Khadijah and Khertima
were model students." She said the staff
expected great things from the twins
and "that they would impact positively
on our society."
Reverend Lurtan Patterson, in his
ministry of the Word, urged the twins
family to take solace that the girls were
in a better place. He said while they
may be faced with many questions they
have to trust in God s will and remem-
ber that the emotional upheaval they
will experience is natural.
Gill s funeral will take place today at
the St Paul s Anglican Church, Harris
Promenade, San Fernando, from 10 am.
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