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Chief city engineer Ramesh
Sookdeo found himself in the hot
seat again yesterday after he was
called on to answer who approved
a $2.6 million upgrade for Skinner
Park, San Fernando, to host Carnival
activities this year.
"We have no money but yet the
administration, under the City Engi-
neer Department, and he (Sookdeo)
being involved--- because he must
have a say--- $2.6 million was spent
for Carnival without this council's
approval," complained San Fernando
mayor Kazim Hosein yesterday during
the PNM-controlled City Corpora-
tion's monthly statutory meeting.
Mincing no words, Hosein said he
would not condone corruption in the
council at any level.
"You see public funds, I will
account for every cent that is spent
here. I don't know what used to go
on in the past here, but it will not
continue in the future... is a free-for-
all. It is not going to happen under
Reminding the council he had made
it absolutely clear that no work was
to be done at Skinner Park, except
for repairs to the toilet facilities and
Mayor's Box, he said: "Mr City Engi-
neer, you want to explain that (who
approved the work) to me? Or madam
Deputy CEO Willa Guy-Straker
said Sookdeo would be "well poised"
to explained what happened.
Sookdeo said there was a revised
document of the work done and its
cost, which was sent to the CEO
Indarjit Singh. Singh was not at the
Sookdeo added that all work was
done under contracts.
Hosein replied: "Mr City Engineer,
I don't want anybody to take me for
a fool here, you know. Nobody saying
they did not have contracts, but who
give them contracts without the coun-
cil's approval? Who did that? Who
had that authority? You definitely
don't have that authority."
Sookdeo said he did not know who
gave the approval.
Hosein said, "No works must be
done without the council's approval,
but the works went on and still
nobody can answer."
The deputy CEO suggested a meet-
ing should be held with the CEO, who
is responsible for signing off and issu-
ing contracts, and the city engineer.
However, Hosein said he spoke with
the CEO before the meeting and he
also had no idea who approved the
"Nobody is a law unto themselves...
I brought it up here for a reason
because the contractors are coming
to me (for payment). Questions have
to be answered on this."
Deputy mayor Junia Regrello also
noted that the council was still waiting
clarification on an issue raised at a
previous meeting about $142,000
spent to repair toilets at Skinner Park.
Warning council members about
people who would try to seduce them
to get favours, he said people had
tried the same thing with him.
"Nobody can't buy me. I don't
want you all to get tied up in that
because it is alleged out there that
certain people have certain people
under control inside here," he added.
Days before he faces the biggest battle of his
political career, COP leader Prakash Ramadhar yes-
terday drew from his father Siew Ramadhar s advice
to him to "do unto others as you would have them
do unto you."
Ramadhar shared that reflection yesterday during
his father's funeral at the family's home at Mission
His father died on Sunday after a battle with
advanced Alzheimers. The service was attended by
a host of dignitaries including President Anthony
Carmona and chairman of the COP Carolyn Seep-
ersad-Bachan who is challenging Ramadar for the
post of COP leadership.
In his address, Ramadhar fondly remembered the
man who raised him, attributing to his father his
strength to go on despite the circumstances.
"My father taught all of us from a very young age
that we should do unto others as we would have
them do unto us," said Ramadhar. "He was a man
who lived up to the values that so many talk about
but few in this country ever live up to.
"My father always said whatever you have not
earned is not yours. He taught us to live with integrity,
honour and decency."
He attributed his career as a lawyer to an injustice
his father suffered when Ramadhar was just a boy.
"I was 14 when my father was wrongfully arrested.
That day I vowed to myself that I would become a
lawyer," said Ramadhar. "The urge came to me that
no such injustice should be allowed to stand and a
passion awoke in me to always do the right thing."
The tributes poured in from all quarters, including
former Arima mayor Ghassan Youseph, who was
among those who paid tribute to the man many
described as an exceptional person.
"Through my friendship with Prakash, I observed
the closeness and love in this family," said Youseph.
"The love was manifested last Saturday while Prakash
was feeding his ailing father that he collapsed and
In the eulogy, read by Vandana Ramadhar, the
young woman described her grandfather as the uni-
fying symbol of the Ramadhar family.
"Hard work was the hallmark of his character. He
took care of his family, and was a man who earned
the respect of all," she said.
Political leader of the COP
Prakash Ramadhar is
embraced by his opponent
in Sunday's internal
election, Carolyn Seepersad-
Bachan during the funeral
service of his father Siew
Ramadhar at the family's
home at Freeport yesterday.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Ramadhar at father's funeral:
Dad taught me my values
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