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3. The Minority Leader asked the Chief Secretary and Secretary of Finance, Trade and the Economy the following question:                 

     As it relates to new employment across the Divisions of the Tobago House of Assembly post December 6th, 2021, will the Chief Secretary please provide the following:


(a) A detailed listing by divisions of the names,positions, qualifications, remuneration and categories of employment of each officer engaged (short term,contract, permanent, daily paid, relief, temporary).


(b) What was the process of engagement for each employee hired?


 (c) What is the total monthly cost to the Assembly for the engagement of these officers?

Hon. Chief Secretary and Secretary of Finance, Trade and the Economy.

Thank you very much, Madam Presiding Officer.

         As I respond to this question, let me ask your good self and your office to also adopt a practice being held by the Cabinet at the moment, whereby whenever questions are filed, they are automatically sent through the system to (in the Cabinet case) the Permanent Secretaries; in your case itBwould be Administrators, that the public servants are able to supply the responses in a timely manner, that it would not result in officers being up at midnight, attempting to collate the information from across all the Divisions.

       Having said that, I wish to at this time, read to the entire House, the full list of persons employed within the Tobago House of Assembly between December 06, 2021 and present.

        Let me start by saying, that I am happy to announce that between December 06, 2021 and present, we have employed significantly less people than we did in the two (2) months leading up to the elections [Desk thumping]. The list is as follows:

        Starting with COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT (no particular order) Youth Development and Sport. In that Division employed were:


  • Marlon Crease, Occupational Safety Officer, has a BSc in Occupational Safety and Health. Salary - nine thousand, two hundred and five dollars ($9,205.00. Allowance - one thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500.00) - that is on contract. The position was advertised and candidates were interviewed.


  • Kalisha Baird, also Occupational and Safety Officer, has a BSc in Environmental Science and Sustainable Technology. Salary same as before - nine thousand, two hundred and five dollars ($9,205.00); allowance - one thousand, five hundred dollars ($1,500.00); that is on contract. The position was advertised and candidate was successful after interview.


Community Development, Youth and Sport staying with that Division:


  • Mr. Gladstone Solomon, Advisor to the Secretary. He has a Master’s in Agriculture and Rural Development. The salary for an Advisor to the Secretary, is nineteen thousand, four hundred dollars ($19,400.00); two thousand, seven hundred dollars ($2,700.00) in allowances. That is a contract position and the candidate was engaged as per Executive Council Minute No. 60 of February 2016.


 Same Division:


  •      Alloy Westfield, Personal Assistant; qualification - CXC O levels. Salary eight thousand, four hundred dollars ($8,400.00); one thousand eight hundred dollars ($1,800.00) allowance; contract. Again, this person was engaged in accordance with Executive Council Minute No. 60 of February 2016;


And for those who are looking and not sure of what that means, it means that in 2016, the Tobago House of Assembly took a decision that there would be some level of personal staff attached to every Line Secretary and the salaries are standard, and were determined since 2016 in accordance with Executive Council Minute No. 60 of 2016.


  • Keleisha Parks, Personal Secretary to the Assistant Secretary, has CXC O' Levels and Certificate in Legal Studies. Salary - six thousand, three hundred dollars ($6,300.00). Again, standard as per engagement in accordance with Executive Council Minute 60 of February, 2016


In the Office of the CHIEF SECRETARY, we have:


  • Tafara Smith, Information and Communication Officer based  with Tobago Emergency Management Authority (TEMA) - Personal Certificate Course and Diploma. Salary - eight thousand, five hundred dollars ($8,500.00); allowance is one thousand, two hundred dollars ($1,200.00). This position was advertised and candidate interviewed and was successful.


Also, in the Office of the Chief Secretary,


  • Isiah Jackson, Network Specialist BSc. in Computing and     Certificate Courses - Salary - thirteen thousand, four hundred     dollars ($13,400.00); allowance - one thousand, two hundred dollars ($1,200.00), contract. Position was advertised and     candidate interviewed.


Office of the Chief Secretary;


  •  Elisa Clarke, BOA1, Procurement Control Office, Associate Degree in Culinary Arts. Salary - five thousand, one hundred and fifty dollars ($1,150.00). That is short-term employment.Candidate applied, was interviewed and selected.


Office of the Chief Secretary,


  •      Esther Balfour, Clerk Typist I, Human Resource Department,Diploma and Certificate level courses. Salary - five thousand,one hundred and eighty-eight dollars ($5,188.00), short term.Candidate applied and was interviewed and selected.


     If you did not hear any personal staff for the Chief Secretary in the Office of the Chief Secretary, it is because I am yet to hire personal staff in accordance with Executive Council Minute No. 60 of February, 2016 in the Office of the Chief Secretary.


     In the Division of FINANCE, TRADE AND THE ECONOMY, we
have:

  •    Dwayne Nurse, Personal Assistant, Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Natural Resources Management. Salary -eight thousand, four hundred dollars ($8,400.00), allowance - one thousand, eight hundred dollars ($1,800.00) contract. This candidate was engaged in accordance with Chief Personnel  Officer Circular, PD10143 Vol. 4 dated May 23, 2013.


Also in that Division -1 want to pause here for a little bit,


  •  Anselm Richards, Chief Technical Advisor to the Division of Finance, Trade and the Economy, both a Master’s and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics. Salary - thirty-five thousand dollars ($35,000.00), allowance - seven thousand, five hundred dollars ($7,500.00) - contract.


 He was hired in the same manner that the Minority Leader was,not so long ago, in the Division of Health, and the Minority Councillor was, when she was Management Accountant, determined by way of experience and education.

           And additionally, this became much needed in the division, because we had an issue with the division with getting timely and accurate information from some members of staff whose allegiance lie elsewhere.

          In fact, at this present moment, thanks to efforts of the Administrator, we even had to treat with issues of Financial Statements and Reports of the Division not being left in the Division when a certain worker in the Division who was hired in the same manner as Mr. Richards left, deleted all of the government’s files from the government’s computer and until a decision was made to go to lawyers and to seek legal redress, another contracted officer was called offsite and given a flash drive clandestinely, and because of that kind of attitude, we needed somebody like Anselm Richards to be able to organize data coming through the Division to ensure that they are accurate[Desk thumping].

         By the way, let me add, Madam Presiding Officer, that right now we are still exploring legal options including against the former Secretary for the Division, who still has the government’s laptop and iPad in his possession and has refused to return them to the Division and documents belonging to the Division are presumably gone with such. We will be putting a stop to that kind of madness.


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      Let me also indicate that at the Division of Finance, Trade and the Economy, I am yet to hire, in accordance to Executive Council (EC) Minutes 60 of February 2016, personal staff which means that I am yet to have a Personal Secretary; I am yet to have a Personal Advisor and the staff associated with Executive Council Minute (EC) 60 of 2016.

      In the DIVISION OF TOURISM, CULTURE, ANTIQUITIES AND TRANSPORTATION, we have:

  •  Curtis Joseph, Personal Assistant to the Secretary. Certificate in Arts and Science at the University of the West Indies (UWI) - standard eight thousand, four hundred dollars ($8,400.00).Allowance - one thousand, eight hundred dollars ($1,800.00). Contract; candidate engaged in accordance with Chief Personnel Officer (CPO) Circular PD10143, Volume 4 dated May 23rd, 2013.

  •   Marvin Phillips, Personal Secretary to the Secretary - CXC O'levels - six thousand, three hundred dollars ($6,300.00) - contract standard as per the same Circular.

  •     Personal Assistant to the Assistant Secretary, Renatta Murray -    Associate  Degree and certificate level education - eight thousand, four hundred dollars ($8,400.00). Allowance - one thousand, eigh hundred dollars ($1,800.00) as per the same Circular.

  •  Maxine Jack, Personal Assistant to the Assistant Secretary, Bachelor of Education, Early Childhood Care and Education - six thousand, three hundred dollars ($6,300.00) - contract - as per the same Circular.

  •  Corise Archer Quashie-Nancis, Advisor to the Secretary - Master’s  in International Development, Bachelor of Science Degree in Media and Communication - nineteen thousand, four hundred dollars ($19,400.00) - allowance - two thousand, seven hundred dollars ($2,700.00) as per the same Circular.


FOOD SECURITY, NATURAL RESOURCES, THE ENVIRONMENT

AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT:


  •  Keedel Kerr, Advisor to the Secretary. Bachelor of Sciences in  Environmental and Natural Resource Management and Tropical Landscaping - nineteen thousand, four hundred dollars ($ 9,400.00) - allowance - two thousand, seven hundred dollars ($2,700.00) - contract - as per the same Circular.

  •  Abigail Warner, Personal Assistant to the Secretary. Bachelor of Arts in Business Management. Salary - eight thousand, four hundred dollars ($8,400.00) - allowance - one thousand, eight  hundred dollars ($ 1,800.00). Contract - as per the same Circular.

  •  Personal Secretary to the Secretary, Erlicia James - Bachelor of Science in Biology. Salary - six thousand, three hundred dollars ($6,300.00). Contract - as per the same Circular.

  • Nicoya Douglas, Personal Assistant to the Assistant Secretary.Diploma in Project Management. Salary - eight thousand, four hundred dollars ($8,400.00) - allowance - one thousand, eight hundred dollars ($l,800.00d) as per the same Circular.    

  • Giselle Benjamin - Personal Assistant to the Assistant Secretary.Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and a Diploma in Animal Health Production and Veterinary Public Health. Salary is six thousand,three hundred dollars ($6,300.00). Contract, as per the Circular.

  •   Also in that Division Kern Duncan, Carpenter Grade 2, Group C at two hundred and eight-eight dollars ($288.00) per day - daily rated worker.

  • Dondray Demas, Motor vehicle Operator - two hundred and fifty- two dollars ($252.00) per day - daily rated worker.

  • Anroy Des Vignes, Handyman - two hundred and forty-four  dollars ($244.00) per day - daily rated worker.

  • Kaylon Edwards, Handyman - two hundred and forty-four dollars ($244.00) per day - daily rated worker

  • Kylan Quashie, Handyman - two hundred and forty-four dollars ($244.00) per day - daily rated worker

  •  Ossy Williams, Handyman - two hundred and forty-four dollars ($244.00) per day - daily rated worker.

  • Shaquille Jerry, Tree Climber - two hundred and forty-four dollars ($244.00) per day - daily rated worker.

  •   Dwayne Joseph, semi-skilled Labourer - two hundred and forty- four dollars ($244.00) per day - daily rated worker.

  •  Monique Cooper, Sanitation man - two hundred and thirty-five    dollars ($235.00) per day - daily rated worker.

  • Jason Stanley, Male Labourer - two hundred and thirty-five dollars   ($235.00) per day - daily rated worker.

  •  Nylon Thomas, Male Labourer - two hundred and thirty-five dollars ($235.00) per day - daily rated worker.

  •  Orell Cooper, Male Labourer - two hundred and thirty-five dollars($235.00) per day - daily rated worker.

  • Byron Clarke, Male Labourer - two hundred and thirty-five dollars ($235.00) per day - daily rated worker.

  •   Taishorn Broomes, Male Labourer - two hundred and thirty-five dollars ($235.00) per day - daily rated worker.

  •  Rayan Adams, Female Labourer - two hundred and thirty-five dollars ($235.00) per day - daily rated worker.

  • Rodney Shanghai, Break Shift Watchman - two hundred and forty-four dollars ($244.00) per day - daily-rated worker.

Member for Darrel Spring/Whim.

Madam Presiding Officer, in the interest of time, could we have the rest of the answer in writing?

Chief Secretary, Member for Parlatuvier/L’Anse Fourmi/Speyside, you have approximately fourteen (14) more minutes to your time and we have additional questions.

I will continue to read therefore. It was asked for oral response and I will give oral response. [Desk thumping]

You do not get to pick and choose when you are misguided.


  • Devon Bailey, Break shift watchman - two hundred and forty-four dollars ($244.00) per day - daily rated worker.


Let me say thanks for this question. Because of this question the Line Secretaries now know that people were employed in their Division as the ...

         Member for Darrel Spring/Whim, please allow the Member for Parlatuvier/L’Anse Fourmi/Speyside to finish his contribution.


         Thank you.

        

          Continue.

Thank you, and as per the Standing Orders,you also do not get to dictate the answers you get. [Desk thumping]


DIVISION OF EDUCATION, RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY:


  • Ann Natasha Second, Advisor to the Secretary. Master’s in Business Administration; MSC in Education; Diploma in Education as well - nineteen thousand, four hundred dollars ($19,400.00); allowance - two thousand, seven hundred dollars ($2,700.00) - contract - as per the Circular for personnel staff.

  •    Kathy Charles-John, Personal Assistant to the Secretary -Certificate in Supervisory Management; Certificate in Sales and Marketing - salary eight thousand, four hundred dollars ($8,400.00); allowance - one thousand, eight hundred dollars ($1,800.00) - contract.

  •   Jameeka Thom, Personal Secretary to the Secretary. Certificate in Childhood Education. Salary - six thousand, three hundred dollars ($6,300.00) - contract - as per the same Circular.

  •  Jabari Carrington, Personal Chauffeur to the Secretary. Ten (10) years experience as a Light Vehicle Driver. Salary - four thousand,seven hundred dollars ($4,700.00). Allowance - two thousand,seven hundred and eighty-five dollars ($2,785.00) as per the Circular.

  • Christon Cunningham, Personal Assistant to the Assistant Secretary - Associate Degree. Salary - eight thousand, four hundred dollars ($8,400.00). Allowance - one thousand, eight hundred dollars ($1,800.00) - contract - as per the same Circular.

  •  Zakariah Haynes, Personal Secretary to the Assistant Secretary. Salary - six thousand, three hundred dollars ($6,300.00) - contract - as per the same Circular.


In the Division of HEALTH, WELLNESS AND SOCIAL PROTECTION:


  •    Jason Nancis, Advisor to the Secretary. Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Business Administration. Salary - nineteen thousand, four hundred dollars ($19,400.00). Allowance - two thousand, seven hundred dollars ($2,700.00) - contract - as per the Circular for Personal Staff.

  •  Kershell Elliot, Personal Assistant to the Assistant Secretary. Certificate in Practical Accounting and CXC O’levels. Salary - eight thousand, four hundred dollars ($8,400.00). Allowance - one thousand, eight hundred dollars ($1,800.00) - contract as per the same Circular.

  •     Adonis Edwards, Personal Assistant to the Secretary. Bachelor of Science (BSc) Degree in Behavioural Science. Salary - eight housand, four hundred dollars ($8,400.00). Allowance - one thousand, eight hundred dollars ($1,800.00) - contract - as per the same Circular.

  •   Karen Moore-Nicholson, Liaison Officer, Registered Nurse. Twelve thousand, eight hundred and eighty-two dollars ($12,882.00). Allowance - two thousand dollars ($2,000.00) - contract - as per the Circular.

  •  Renison Rogers, Personal Chauffer. Salary - four thousand, seven hundred dollars ($4,700.00). Allowance - two thousand, seven hundred and eighty-five dollars ($2,785.00).

  • Ayanana Phillips, Communication Assistant. AB Diploma. Salary - eight thousand, one hundred and ninety-seven dollars ($8,197.00). Allowance - two thousand dollars ($2,000.00) - short term employment.

  •   Andel Adams, Contact Tracer and enrolled Nursing Assistant.Salary - three thousand dollars ($3,000.00).

  • Aurora Bissoon, Contact Tracer, enrolled Nursing Assistant. Salary - three thousand dollars ($3,000.00).

  • Michelle Burris-Welch, Contact Tracer, enrolled Nursing Assistant.Salary - three thousand dollars ($3,000.00) dollars.

  •  Jannel Cox - Contact Tracer, enrolled Nursing Assistant. Salary - three thousand dollars ($3,000.00).

  •  Nadine Denoon-Knot - Contact Tracer, enrolled Nursing Assistant - three thousand dollars ($3000.00). 

  • Shenquatte Densley, Contact Tracer, enrolled Nursing Assistant -salary - three thousand dollars ($3,000.00).

  • Ayanna Edwards, Contact Tracer, enrolled Nursing Assistant.Salary - three thousand dollars ($3,000.00). 

  • Seth Elias, Contact Tracer, enrolled Nursing Assistant. Salary -three thousand dollars ($3,000.00).

  •  Avion Jack-Balfour, Contact Tracer, enrolled Nursing Assistant. Salary - three thousand dollars ($3,000.00)

  • Denel Jarrot, Contact Tracer, enrolled Nursing Assistant. Salary -three Thousand dollars ($3,000.00).

  • Camille Nanhoo, Contact Tracer, enrolled Nursing Assistant. Salary - three thousand dollars ($3,000.00).

  •   Kerryann Nelson, Contact Tracer, enrolled Nursing Assistant. Salary - three thousand dollars ($3,000.00).

  •  Denicia Ramsey, Contact Tracer, enrolled Nursing Assistant.Salary, Three Thousand dollars ($3,000.00).

  • Tashianna Singh, Contact Tracer, enrolled Nursing Assistant.Salary - three thousand dollars ($3,000.00).

  • Courtney Gibson, Contract Tracer, enrolled Nursing Assistant.Salary - three thousand dollars ($3,000.00).

  • Camaria Gray, Contract Tracer, enrolled Nursing Assistant. Salary - three thousand dollars ($3,000.00).

  • Carissa Slater, Contact Tracer, enrolled Nursing Assistant. Salary - three thousand dollars ($3,000.00).

  • Shirine Smart, Contact Tracer, enrolled Nursing Assistant. Salary - three thousand dollars ($3,000.00).

  •  Regine Sawyer, Contact Tracer, enrolled Nursing Assistant. Salary  - three thousand dollars ($3,000.00).

  •   Kadisha Stanley, Contact Tracer, enrolled Nursing Assistant. Salary - three thousand dollars ($3,000.00). 

  •  Atelia Job-Trotman, Contact Tracer, enrolled Nursing Assistant.Salary - three thousand dollars ($3,000.00).


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  • Kadisha Wallace - Contact Tracer, enrolled Nursing Assistant - three thousand dollars ($3,000.00);

  • Gabriel Yearwood - Contact Tracer, enrolled Nursing ssistant- three thousand dollars ($3,000.00);

  • Latoya Henry - Contact Tracer, enrolled Nursing Assistant - three thousand dollars ($3,000.00);


Sorry Contact Tracers, that your measly salary and names are in the public.The Minority Leader needed to know orally, so I presented as required by law.

    Settlements, URBAN RENEWAL AND PUBLIC UTILITIES.


  • Anson Me Donald, the Advisor to the Secretary, Teaching Diploma, Diploma in Labour Studies, Diploma in Technical Studies and Education - nineteen thousand, seven hundred dollars ($19,700.00); plus two thousand, seven hundred dollars  ($2,700.00), contract, as per the Circular for personal staff for Secretaries.

  • Giselle Small, Personal Assistant to the Secretary, Master’s in Business Administration, BA in Political Science and Economics - eight thousand, four hundred dollars ($8,400.00) Salary - one thousand eight hundred dollars ($1,800.00) allowance - contract, as per this same Circular;

  • Lorraine Forbes, Personal Secretary to the Assistant Secretary - CXC O’ levels - six thousand, three hundred dollars ($6,300.00), contract as per the same Circular;

  • Joanna Stanley, Office Support Assistant, Advanced and Ordinary levels; Salary - five thousand, one hundred dollars ($5,100.00) contract. Candidate applied was interviewed and selected.


In SPORT AND YOUTH AFFAIRS:


  • Shanique Melville, BOA1, BSc in Behavioural Science - five thousand, one hundred and fifty dollars ($5, 150.00), short term employment;

  • Assistant Accounts Officer Certified Accounting Technician eight thousand one hundred and fourteen dollars ($8,114.00),short term employment;

  • Project Assistant Junior Builder Course Engineering Technician Course, six thousand, three hundred and forty-nine dollars ($6,349.00), short term employment;

  • Gloria Martin - Project Assistant, Associate Degree - six thousand, four hundred and forty-nine dollars ($6,449.00), short term employment;

  • Renecia Guy, BOA1 CXC Levels - five thousand, one hundred and fifty dollars ($5,150.00) dollars;


INFRASTRUCTURE, QUARRIES AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT


  • Phillip Herrilal, Director of Project Management - twenty-four thousand dollars ($24,000.00); two thousand, five hundred dollars ($2,500.00) allowance, short term employment;

  • Mark Cunningham, Quantity Surveyor - sixteen thousand dollars ($16,000.00), two thousand dollars ($2,000.00) allowance, short term employment;

  • Maurinkay Adekale, Master Scheduler, sixteen thousand dollars ($16,000.00); allowance - two thousand dollars ($2,000.00) short term employment;

  • Shiva Alexander, Procurement Manager - fifteen thousand, nine hundred dollars ($15,900.00); two thousand, five hundred dollars ( $2,500.00) short term employment;

  • Donnell Franklyn - Project Manager, eighteen thousand dollars ($18,000.0), salary; two thousand dollars ($2,000.00) allowance, short term employment. (And ‘short term’ here, is three (3) months in the first instance);

  • Rachel Trotman; Project Manager - eighteen thousand dollars ($18,000.00); two thousand dollars ($2,000.00) allowance, short term employment;

  • Maliaka Peters, Project Control Officer - eleven thousand dollars ($11,000.00) salary; one thousand, five hundred dollars ($1,500.00) allowance;

  • Rondel George, Equipment...

Member for Parlatuvier/L’Anse Fourmi/Speyside, as per Standing Order 27, you had twenty (20) minutes in which to answer your question; you have five (5) minutes remaining from that twenty (20) minutes.

Sure, not a problem. I will finish in time.

  • Kelon James Elliott - Personal Secretary, six thousand three hundred dollars ($6,300.00) contract as per the Circular for personal staff to the Secretary;

  • Astrine Thomas-James - Personal Assistant to the Secretary,eight thousand, four hundred dollars ($8,400.00) salary; one thousand eight hundred dollars ($1,800.00) allowance, contract, as per the same Circular.

  • Aleah Holder, Personal Secretary to the Assistant Secretary - six thousand, three hundred dollars ($6,300.00) contract, as per the Circular for staffing for persons for Secretaries.

  • Collis Browne, Advisor to the Secretary, nineteen thousand,four hundred dollars ($19,400.00) salary; allowance, two thousand, seven hundred dollars ($2,700.00) contract, as per the same circular.

  • Dr. Ellis Burris - Technical Advisor to the Division, twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000.00), contract, for a period of just one year.

     The total monthly cost of the new employment for the detailed area listed, is nine hundred and twenty-two thousand, five hundred and seventy- eight dollars ($922,578.00).

     Thank you, Madam Presiding Officer. If there is time for other questions - if not, I will be happy to answer the other questions publicly.

4th Plenary Sitting Tobago House of Assembly 2021 - 2025 Session

TOBAGO HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY

24 March 2022
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