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The National Commission for Self
Help (NCSH) is investigating claims
made for over $200,000 in materials
between 2005 and 2009 for which
there were no records of purchase
orders or deliveries made.
The disclosure was made at a Joint
Select Committee (JSC) meeting in
Parliament yesterday. The NCSH was
called before the JSC to answer ques-
tions on its operations.
CEO Reynold Baldeosingh, repeat-
edly pressed by Arouca South MP Ali-
cia Hospedales on whether the com-
mission had a monitoring system in
place said it was at present trying to
find out why nearly $1/4 million in
claims were made without any pro-
He said: "There were situations
where suppliers were being asked to
deliver material on verbal orders.
"Suppliers sent in claims with
invoices for materials which they said
they delivered without a purchase
order from the NCSH.
"We are trying to determine where
the information was filed and why the
materials were issued without any
He said the commission was able
to confirm that at least 12 of the people
who were supposed to receive the
materials got them.
Baldeosingh said at present there
were sometimes one field officer for
three constituencies who worked with
their own vehicles and without tele-
phone allowances. He said the com-
mission had sought, without success,
to get salary increases for them.
He said the commission was work-
ing with limited staff and resources
on a budgetary allocation that was
inadequate. He said it had to supple-
ment its staff with on-the-job training
He said the commission was allo-
cated $40 million in the 2012/2013
fiscal year and had gotten an increase
of $20 million for the 2013/2014 fiscal
Baldeosingh also told the JSC the
commission, which was moved to the
Local Government Ministry, formed
a better fit under the Community
Development Ministry where it was
Senator David Small, a member of
the JSC, said for a country with so
many social needs, the commission
Crime Watch host Ian Alleyne interacts with a schoolboy outside the Guardian
Building, St Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain, yesterday, moments after a meeting
with management of Guardian Media Limited on the future of his show.
PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
Guardian Media Ltd deputy
managing director Brandon Khan
says discussions are still under-
way with former Crime Watch
host Ian Alleyne to return to the
CNC3 programme lineup and
"anything is possible."
But an optimistic Alleyne told
reporters Crime Watch would
return to CNC3 in a few days with
an amendment to his contract.
Speaking after a two-hour
meeting yesterday with GML
management at the Guardian
Building, St Vincent Street, Port-
of-Spain, Alleyne said it was up
to him when it would return.
"Right now I am taking five and
enjoying being at home and hang-
ing out a little," he said.
Alleyne, the United National
Congress (UNC) St Joseph can-
didate in Monday s by-election,
lost to the People National Move-
ment s Terrence Deyalsingh s by
6,356 to 5,577 votes.
On the GML meeting yesterday,
Alleyne said: "It was a very inter-
esting meeting with my political
"They were concerned if the
programme would have been com-
promised, which was only natural.
Any employer would want to know
if they purchased a product for so
He said GML had paid "a very,
very large sum of money" to have
the show "but rest assured, we
have realised the brand isn t dam-
aged and in fact, it s bigger now.
We have done studies and they
have improved my package."
Alleyne said he had received
offers from other media houses
but decided to stay with GML as
he believed in loyalty.
"So, I have no problem. We just
have to amend the contract and
that s it. But my salary package...
they haven t touched that," he said.
He declined to give details, say-
ing he was the brand and the pro-
gramme would continue.
"You will be seeing more videos
and action. I am coming hotter
and better. Opponents on the other
networks, you can t touch me," he
Alleyne said he would still assist
St Joseph wherever he could, but
only as a pet project in his personal
"The integrity of Crime Watch
won t be compromised," Alleyne
He said seeing impoverished St
Joseph areas during his campaign
had affected him to the point that
one had to think about those places
every time one threw away food
and he was returning to Crime
Watch with a new appreciation of
how hard life was for some parts
of St Joseph.
"The experience has changed
me. Never in my life did I see
poverty in T&T as I saw in some
parts. It was sad," he added.
Alleyne said the Government
had not approached him to do
anything further; but said he would
be paying special attention to how
both Government and Opposition
operated and would still criticise
any administration, whether UNC
or PNM, if any government treated
the people badly.
"Any government must deliver
to the people. Crime Watch is the
voice of the people," he added.
On his car crash on Wednesday
night, Alleyne said he was driving
along Stone Street, Port-of-Spain,
and was hit from the side or behind
by another car and his car turned
over three times. He said police
did a breathalyser test which
He added: "I wasn t drunk so I
can t understand why the Express
or TV6 said I was. That s a lie. Nor
were any government officials in
my car or on the scene.
"When I get back on air I have
a lot of scores to settle with all
those who went after me and tried
to tarnish my name.
"I never believed there were cer-
tain media people and journalists
whose sole intention was to bring
down this Government but I do
now and they will try this with
anyone attached to this Govern-
ment in any way.
"They made up lies about me
but you can t just go stinking up
people s name like that," he added.
Senior Counsel Fyard Hosein
has described as a sham the Gov-
ernment s handling of an inde-
pendent review of the Debe to
Mon Desir section of the
Solomon Hochoy Highway
extension to Point Fortin.
He was making submissions
yesterday on behalf of the Highway
Re-route Movement (HRM) for an
injunction to stop work on the
controversial section of the high-
Referring to affidavits of several
government ministers and some
media releases on the issue, Hosein
said his clients were given a "clear
and unambiguous" assurance that
an independent review of the proj-
ect would be done and that the
Government would consider its
"There is no doubt that the
Prime Minister promised the
review," he added.
Hosein said from the various
assurances, his clients were given
a legitimate expectation that the
Government would abide by the
recommendations of the review
That expectation could only be
defeated, he said, if the State was
able to prove there was an over-
riding public interest in departing
from it. He said the State had failed
to do so in its evidence.
Hosein said the Government s
handing of the issue breached the
principles of natural justice as his
clients were not allowed to respond
to the findings of the report.
"There must be dialogue and rea-
soning," he added.
Hosein commended former
independent senator Dr James
Armstrong and the Joint Consul-
tative Council (JCC) for the con-
struction industry, which did the
review and thanked it for its inter-
vention in the disputed project."
The report, which was prepared
by a team of 17 professionals, said
construction work should be
stopped immediately for further
scientific assessments to be done.
The injunction forms part of the
group s substantive constitutional
motion over the highway project.
In its main claim, the HRM and
its leader, environmentalist Dr
Wayne Kublalsingh, are seeking a
declaration that the project breach-
es its constitutional right to free-
dom of enjoyment of their prop-
The case is being heard by Jus-
tice James Aboud at the Hall of
Senior Counsel Russell Mar-
tineau and Deborah Peake and
attorneys Kelvin Ramkisson, Gerald
Ramdeen and Shastri Roberts are
representing the State. Ramesh
Lawrence Maharaj, SC, and Rishi
Dass also are part of the HRM s
legal team. The State will respond
to Hosein s submissions on
Highway review a 'sham'---lawyer
Talks with GML management incomplete but...
I am staying on
puts Self Help in hole
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