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After having served three
years as T&T Unified Teachers
Association s (TTUTA) vice-
president, Davenand Sinanan
has now set his sights on the
Sinanan, who is now principal
of the Palo Seco Secondary
School, yesterday confirmed he
had decided to contest for the
post of president, which will be
vacated by Roustan Job ahead of
TTUTA s October 24 elections.
He faces three other contenders.
Teachers Cuthbert Joseph, of
Belmont Secondary; Amral
Hosein, of Chaguanas North
Secondary and Nicolas Coop-
er-Neaves, of Marabella South
Secondary School, also have sig-
nalled their intention to contest
Earlier this year, Sinanan
resigned his TTUTA vice-pres-
idential post after learning he
was to be promoted to the post
of principal. He was later
assigned to Palo Seco Second-
ary.However, in a telephone inter-
view yesterday, Sinanan said he
was "bombarded" by TTUTA
members who urged him to con-
test the elections.
He said members felt he had
the "right combination of lead-
ership qualities and the knowl-
edge and competence to lead the
union at this critical juncture."
That, Sinanan said, influenced
"Service is near and dear to
my heart. I could not turn my
back on that very strong call. So
after very, very careful thought
and consideration and after con-
sulting with a lot of friends and
"I have decided to offer myself
again," he added.
Sinanan said he believed he
was the best candidate to run
TTUTA because of the experi-
ence and knowledge he had
gained in the last three years as
vice president. He added that he
received positive feedback from
his tenure as vice president.
He added: "I suppose a lot of
people felt I was presidential
"It was not that I went seeking
power or presidency. I went there
to do the best job I could do.
People evaluated my perform-
ance. It was based on their eval-
uation that many, many persons
constantly approached me to run
for the president."
Sinanan is heading Team TNT
(The New TTUTA), a slate which
includes Antonia de Freitas (first
vice president); Lynsley Doodhai
(second vice president); Martin
Lum Kim (third vice president);
Jeewan Durga (treasurer) and
Fitzroy Daniel (general secretary).
Sinanan explained he would
take a hiatus from his job should
Under TTUTA rules, principals
cannot be a member of the union
as they represent the Ministry
If successful Sinanan will
assume office on November 1.
He said taking a three-year hia-
tus would not affect his earnings,
since TTUTA would be paying
him a salary equivalent to a grade
nine position in the teaching
service. He is at grade eight.
"It will be a slight improve-
ment in salary but a lot more
work, significantly longer hours
and more demanding. It is a lot
more challenging as well," he
He said TTUTA officers served
three year-terms and the law
provided for him to take leave
to serve the union.
"Legally there is nothing that
prevents me from leading or
serving in any position. That is
the agreement we have with the
employer, who is the Chief Per-
sonnel Officer, that we can stay
out of the system for a maximum
of six consecutive years serving
the union," he added.
He said incumbent Job and
his executives had served their
consecutive terms and under the
TTUTA constitution they were
ineligible to contest the elec-
Environmental activist and member of the
Highway Re-route Movement Dr Wayne Kublals-
ingh says there is a good possibility the People s
National Movement (PNM) will win the next
He made the comment while discussing his
meeting last week with Opposition Leader Dr
Keith Rowley about the Debe to Mon Desir leg of
the Point Fortin highway.
He said Rowley was empathetic and he felt cer-
tain if the PNM was returned to power, he would
revisit the contract and the disputed segment of
He added: "People in distress go to leaders and
some leaders treat them with despair and con-
"That was not the case with Dr Rowley. He
treated us with civility and decency. He asked
questions and I think at the end of the meeting
he was sufficiently sure if he has leadership of this
nation he would take a careful look at the Debe
to Mon Desir highway and the Armstrong Report
to determine whether it is indeed viable."
Three weeks have passed since Kublalsingh s
group began its protest over Nidco s decision to
start work on the disputed segment.
The group has been waiting for answers from
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar on whether
she will abide by the recommendations of the
report and for the court decision in the matter.
On August 8, the group met briefly with Per-
sad-Bissessar but got no answers.
Yesterday it continued its protest action outside
the Office of the Prime Minister, St Clair. At the
small camp, scores of Kublalsingh s supporters
stopped by and showed their solidarity with the
Kublalsingh said the projected highway segment
from Debe to Mon Desir would be sacrificing the
affected residents when there were other feasible
ways to deal with the project.
"The pillars of good development are common
sense and logic. It is a project that makes the
people there into sacrificial lambs. It is basically
common sense if you do the science, maths and
accountancy," he said.
for 2015 polls
Now Sinanan looks at presidency of TTUTA
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