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Open Letter to Madam PM of Trinidad and Tobago dated 19-11-2011

Open Letter to Madam PM of Trinidad and Tobago dated 19-11-2011

Re: Gypsy: $46M spent on Carnival Centre

Yesterday I was viewing the debate in parliament and the MINISTER of Arts and Multiculturalism Winston "Gypsy" Peters said the Carnival Centre at Queen Park Savannah, Port of Spain, is being built at a cost of $46 million.
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Replying to a question from Port-of-Spain South MP Marlene Mc Donald in the Lower House yesterday, Peters said that of this cost some $42.9 million has to date been certified for payment.

However, in reply to Mc Donald, Peters revealed the project had not been tendered, due to the need for it to be ready in time for Carnival.

In an earlier question, Peters listed the construction works done at the Savannah for last Carnival, which he also said had not been tendered, due to the need to get them ready in time.

After the two questions, Mc Donald asked Peters if it is now the policy to have no tendering on contracts for his ministry. Peters replied that this was not the policy, but the lack of tendering had come about because of the short period available in which to get work done.

Madam PM we put you in office because we know you can clean up the corruption
in Trinidad and Tobago.

LAST YEAR THE MINISTER CAME-UP WITH THIS SAME LAME EXCUSED ABOUT TIME TO SHORT FOR PUBLIC TENDERING BECAUSE IT WAS THE FIRST YEAR FOR THE GOVERNMENT WE LET IT PASS.

THE MINISTER HAD 11 MONTHS TO PREPARE TENDERING FOR CARNIVAL 2012 AND HE IS TELLING THE NATION HE HAD NOT ENOUGH TIME FOR PUBLIC TENDERING.

MADAM PM INVESTIGATE WHY THE NORTH STAND WAS DISMANTLE FOUR MONTHS AGO AT APPROXIMATELY $15M DOLLARS - ONLY TO START THE PROCESS 3 MONTHS AFTER DISMANTLEMENT.

MADAM PM WE ARE LIVING IN A COMMUNICATION WORLD AND BLATANT WASTE OF TAX PAYERS DOLLARS AND CRONYISM WOULD BRING YOU DOWN THE WORLD IS WATCHING.

THIS ISSUE WOULD NOT GO AWAY....PLEASE ADDRESS NOW....

PUT COUNTRY FIRST.......

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newsday.co.tt

Carnival expenditure is an investment

Saturday, March 3 2012

THE EDITOR: The Trinidad Carnival is big business, and the money spent could be considered an investment.

Pan Trinbago, TUCO and NCBA could be considered shareholders in this investment. The capital is provided by the taxpayers, via the government and the income generated by this “business” goes into the coffers of businessmen and government.

The “workers” ie the panists, calypsonians etc are also entitled to a share of the income generated by the Carnival, so the money given to them is not “welfare”.

The question should not be how much money is actually given to these entities. It should be how much money is generated by Carnival activity, and what share of these funds do the people that actually create the Carnival receive?

I have never seen an accounting of how much revenue is generated by Carnival activity, including tourist related revenue from air fares, lodging, taxes, etc.etc.etc.



GLENROY R JOSEPH

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