PanTrinbago President Keith Diaz.
Carnival 2018 is just two months away, but things are not looking very merry for the festival.
The first Panorama show is just about one month off, on January 4, and there seems no end in sight to the financial wrangling between the special interest groups – Pan Trinbago, the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (TUCO), and the National Carnival Bands Association (NCBA) – and the National Carnival Commission (NCC) and/or the Ministry of Community Development Culture and the Arts.
There is an ongoing court matter between Pan Trinbago and the NCC about the gate receipts from Panorama this year.
Meanwhile, the 40-plus employees of Pan Trinbago are not being paid. According to one, “We received salary on October 12, but October and November are still outstanding.
“We need our salaries, we have rent to pay, food to buy to feed our families and money to send our children to school. This looks like it will be a bleak Christmas.”
Pan Trinbago president Keith Diaz said, “We have not received any subvention and the NCC has not paid us the ten per cent from the Panorama prize money for this year.
“That is the money we use to carry out the daily running of the organisation. We have not paid rent for our offices for about five months and we are not in a position to help the east, south and Tobago zones with their office rental either.”
Newsday was told the phone lines at Pan Trinbago’s Park Street headquarters have been disconnected and there has been no electricity at the Northern Region Office, Jerningham Avenue in Belmont for some time. Pan Trinbago pays this bill for the region.
Keith Diaz eh got nothing to worry about. Look at this FREUDIAN SLIP from the GOVERNMENT:
In control of crime and all KD do is steal 34 MILLION which he did not do on behalf of the GOVERNMENT.