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Secretaries Answers to Questions



Yes, Madam Presiding Officer.

Can you ask the question please?

Why is this current Administration engaging in a process that does not allow every Tobagonian with the requisite skills, to apply for the position?

Madam Presiding Officer, allow me to answer that question, with a question.

You have two (2) minutes. 

      When the Minority Leader is hired by the former Secretary of Health, Mrs. Davidson-Celestine without being interviewed and on contract, why the rest of Tobago was not allowed this equal  opportunity, and when the Minority Councillor was hired in the Division of Finance as a Management Accountant without a single interview, just handpicked and hired, why the rest of Tobago was not given a similar opportunity? [Desk thumping]

      Madam Presiding Officer, I will manage this government in keeping with the law. Personal staff does not require interviews based on the law.And secondly, you can hire people on short term, which is three (3) months to stop a gap on contract, without prior interview. And the Minority Leader is well aware of that. [Desk thumping]

Minority Leader, we have one more minute before we wrap up.

Madam Presiding Officer, on a point of clarification, I, Kelvon Morris was never hired on contract without an interview.

Is this a question to the Chief Secretary? Please ask a question.

Madam Presiding Officer, the Chief Secretary in his presentation confirmed to us, that persons were engaged on contract without advertisement, and I need him to explain that.

Chief Secretary, can you do that in the next thirty (30) seconds?

    I will not allow Tobago to suffer through that foolishness. Tobagonians are well aware, that the procedure that we use is not strange and was used before.

   Additionally, the one hundred (100) people on Community-Based Environmental Protection and Enhancement (CEPEP), the hundreds hired to win an election were done so last year without interview, without putting it to the public in hopes of winning an election. We will hire competent Tobagonians to fill the gaps in order to ensure delivery of the mandate to which we were given. [Desk thumping]

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


24 March 2022
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