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After battling with Attorney
General Anand Ramlogan and
winning a case in the High
Court in July this year, the Toba-
go House of Assembly (THA)
has begun construction of its
new administrative building, for
the second time, on Shirvan
In a somewhat triumphant
speech at the construction site
on Thursday, THA Secretary of
Finance and Enterprise Develop-
ment, Joel Jack, said the contro-
versial building will proceed in
spite of moves made by Ramlo-
gan to derail the project and no
help from the central govern-
"Today is the launch of the
Milshirv project, a project impor-
tant to Tobago, but not stifled
by agents of central government,"
Jack said during the function on
the 12-acre site.
In October 2012, Ramlogan
filed civil proceedings against the
THA, requesting a judicial review
of its decision to enter into a
BOLT (Build, Own, Lease, Trans-
fer) agreement with Milshirv and
commercial bank First Citizens
(FCB) to construct the building.
The High Court subsequently
removed Milshirv and FCB from
the proceedings and ruled that
construction of the $143 million
complex could continue.
The central government has
since withdrawn its challenge to
the Milshirv project, and Finance
Minister Larry Howai has sup-
ported such public/private part-
nerships (PPP) and sanctioned
the project, Chief Secretary
Orville London said.
However, Ramlogan has asked
the court to determine whether
the BOLT arrangement between
the THA and Milsherv could be
considered borrowing, which is
in contravention of the THA Act.
The THA Act requires the
assembly to ask permission from
the central government before it
can borrow money.
London, however, said the
BOLT arrangement is not break-
ing any rules, as the nature of
the agreement means Milsherv
would pay for all the cost of con-
struction up front. After a 20-
year lease, the THA will then
own the building, he said.
"This matter is now before the
court for judicial interpretation
and a ruling is expected in 2014.
The THA is confident that the
Attorney General will not be suc-
cessful in his misadvised cru-
sade," Jack said.
He noted that the outcome of
the ruling will not affect ongoing
construction, which is set to be
completed within 16 months.
With tractors working as the
function went on, Jack criticised
the overall lack of assistance given
to the THA with respect to proj-
ects aimed at developing Toba-
"This is an unfortunate fact,"
"No central government
administration has ever acceded
to a request from the assembly
to engage in non-cash or debt
financing, in order to finance our
capital expenditure programme.
Consequently, the progress of
our more ambitious capital proj-
ects has been jerky at best,
unreasonably delayed otherwise."
The project will see the con-
struction of the administrative
complex for the THA s Division
of Agriculture, Marine Affairs,
Marketing and the Environment.
London said he was "relieved"
construction had resumed.
"I think the timing is quite
propitious. It s a good Christmas
gift for the people of Tobago."
An 18-hour celebration of the
legacy of former South African
president Nelson Mandela will
begin from 6 pm today at Wood-
ford Square, Port-of-Spain.
The square will be illuminated
with candles, flambeau and deyas
from 6 pm till noon tomorrow, the
day of Mandela s funeral in South
The event is being hosted by the
African Heritage Village Committee
to celebrate Mandela s legacy.
In a release on Thursday, the
committee invited all citizens to
come to Woodford Square from 6
pm today to light "candles, flam-
beaux and deyas in honour of Man-
dela. He will also be celebrated with
music including the bongo, which
will be led by the National Drum-
mers Association. The release said
there would also be steelpan, tam-
boo bamboo and songs for the
Orishas and ancestors.
Mandela, who died on December
5, was recognised as both a national
and world hero who fought against
apartheid and social injustices in
his own country. The committee
described Mandela as a man who
touched the world with his fight
against apartheid and other social
and political forms of injustice.
The event, called A Million Lights
for Madiba, will celebrate the legacy
of Mandela in the "wake-keeping
traditions" of T&T. Citizens who
cannot make it to Woodford Square
are invited to put a light in their
homes or communities.
The release described the African
Heritage Village Committee as the
brainchild of the late master drum-
mer and activist JaJah Oga Onilu
who wanted to create a space to
honour ancestors and keep African
traditions alive in T&T.
Readers who want further infor-
mation or artistes who wish to take
part in the event can contact Avery
Ammon at 689-3378.
Mandela tribute at
London proud as work on THA complex resumes...
gift to the people
BOLT is a project financing
mechanism in which the
ultimate beneficiary, in this
case the THA, makes lease
payments over a particular
period on a property built by
another private party, referred
to as the project sponsor, in
this case Milsherv, and would
own the property at the end
of the lease period for a
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