A new Tobago Organization of the People (TOP) administration of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) would be reviewing each and every contract that was awarded during the period between the dissolution of the Assembly and the January 21st election.
This was stated by TOP Political Leader Ashworth Jack in an exclusive response to this question by Tobago News last Wednesday. Jack who seemed confident of victory in the upcoming polls confirmed that he had received reports that the incumbent Peoples National Movement (PNM) regime was hastily renewing contracts and also giving out new ones to their party supporters.
Tobago News had been inundated with calls from concerned THA employees in several divisions, who had been complaining that they were being swamped with a large amount of Executive Council notes for these contracts. “We are fully aware of this issue and I could tell you that once we get in office, every one of those contracts being awarded at this time would be reviewed,” declared Jack. Tobago News was told that among the new contracts awarded was one to develop housing lots at Courland in Black Rock. THA Chief Secretary Orville London had promised that the housing lots would have been ready for a draw to take place so that some Tobagonians would have been smiling last Christmas.
One man who said he was called by the Settlements Division to participate in the lot drawing process lamented that he was contacted later and told that the draw had been postponed. “This whole thing looks like it was an election gimmick because we now realize that the housing plots at Courland were not even developed as yet,” declared the man.