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Tobago Development Minister Delmon Baker,
intent now on seeking legal action against indi-
viduals he claims are out to tarnish his character,
is obtaining tapes from a radio programme that
carried allegations about him recently. And he
has no intention of leaving the People’s Partner-
He confirmed this during yesterday’s sitting of
Baker said he reported to police on Monday that
he had received an e-mailed extortion threat alleg-
ing that he had conducted himself “inappropriately”
and that there had also been radio reports on the
allegations without any attempt to corroborate
The matter is now under police probe.
He said subsequently informed Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar that he had gone to the
police with the intention of defending his character.
He said he’ll be getting the radio tape to hear
exactly what was said, especially since he’d heard
some of it from people and it had caused a bit of
distress in Tobago.
“We’re moving very quickly to ensure this inves-
tigation moves forward,” he said, adding his attor-
neys were Christlyn Moore and a senior counsel.
Baker, who said he was staying in the Govern-
ment, added that some people would “do anything
to get you out of the way in their quest for power.”
He said he believed persons were trying to cause
mischief after certain ministers were fired recently.
He said the situation arose on the Monday fol-
lowing last Sunday’s Tobago Organisation of the
People (TOP) meeting, where certain decisions
were taken on how TOP would go forward.
Baker denied that TOP members were leaving
for the Independent Liberal Party (ILP). He said
ILP meetings attracted no more than five persons.
Yesterday, ex-TOP chairman Lionel Coke, now
with the ILP, said he had no knowledge of the size
of TOP’s financial members now, but at the last
TOP election there were about 500 financial mem-
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Questions over conduct at Nedco
The board of the National Entrepreneur-
ship Development Company Ltd (Nedco)
is examining the conduct of two senior
Nedco officials, Labour Minister Errol
Mcleod confirmed yesterday.
Mcleod’s ministry oversees the functions
NEDCO, according to its website, is a
state-owned private limited liability micro-
finance company established in August
2002. NEDCO was designed to be the
implementing agency for government policy
on micro and small enterprises (MSE).
Mcleod was at the time responding to a
query from the T&T Guardian on activities
in Nedco concerning the two senior offi-
He said his response was confined to the
fact that the Nedco board is examining the
conduct of the two officials “in the per-
formance of their functions at the compa-
Sources indicated two senior Nedco offi-
cials were “offline” at the moment pending
Nedco board sources last night also con-
firmed there is an investigation on and cer-
tain officials are not operational. Asked the
nature of the investigation and what specific
complaint had been lodged against them,
they declined comment saying they didn’t
want to prejudice the examination.
In the absence of a Nedco communica-
tions officer, chief executive officer Ram-
lochan Ragoonanan said he was unware of
any inquiries or any investigation when
He said he was on leave at this time and
he had not received any official correspon-
dence from the Nedco board about any
Ragoonanan said he had almost two and-
a-half months leave inside and had taken
about two weeks of “urgent leave” because
he had a family matter to attend to. He said
he had taken leave on his own and had not
been asked to.
Asked about allegations at the company,
and any probes, he said Nedco had several
audits ongoing, but that was in the line of
Ragoonanan, who has been CEO since
October 2011, confirmed another senior
official had also taken leave, but noted that
had been applied for, before his own leave.
Asked about complaints at Nedco, he said
there were always complaints in a work
place and there were always people with
complaints. But he said he knew of no spe-
cific complaint being raised.
Asked if he would co-operate with any
investigation that warrants his input, Ragoo-
nanan said he would be open to giving any
information required. He said his role was
Another Nedco official is acting as CEO
during Ragoonanan’s absence.
Nedco board chairman Natasha
Ramkissoon didn’t answer calls yesterday.
Another Nedco board member said they
had not attended board meetings recent-
Nedco’s board weathered several changes
after members affiliated to the Movement
for Social Justice stepped down when the
MSJ left the People’s Partnership (PP).
McLeod: Two under probe
Samaru, 11, how
to land a plane in
ceremony at the
25 students all
later in their
Baker stays in
PP, goes after
Tobago Development Minister Delmon Baker
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