Probe continues over SPP materials
The searching spotlight continues to hover over an on-going investigation into the purchase of millions of dollars worth of material for the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Special Projects Programme (SPP) of the Division of Infrastructure and Public Utilities (DIPU).
The material was allegedly stockpiled at the home of a private contractor in Buccoo but was ordered removed by DIPU Secretary Hilton Sandy and re-stocked at DIPU headquarters in Shaw Park.
When the issue first broke in late September last year, there was talk that SPP Programme Director Terrance Williams had offered to resign over the issue.
Tobago News was told by inside sources that Williams, who contested the May 2010 election as a candidate for the then ruling People's National Movement (PNM) was instructed to withdraw his resignation offer.
"There were concerns about the negative backlash from the entire controversial affair," one source revealed. Many were however surprised, when it was announced that Williams was suspended from his position last week.
According to a well-placed source, the entire situation could be traced right back to the August 1, 2011 reshuffle by THA Chief Secretary Orville London. The reshuffle followed the surprising resignation of former Secretary of Health and Social Services Albert Pilgrim.
"In the reshuffle, Sandy was shifted from Agriculture to DIPU and by the next month we have this issue coming out in the open," the source noted.
"There is a lot more than meets the eye in this affair. We are anxiously waiting for the release of the report from the forensic audit so we could know what really went down in this entire situation," declared the source.