Vernella: I am sorry; gives back credit card
Tobago Development Vernella Alleyne-Toppin has sent a letter of apology to Chairman of the TOP Stanley Beard in relation to the use of the Government issued credit card. Minister Alleyne-Toppin who won her parliamentary seat on a TOP ticket has been accused of misusing her credit card.
Opposition leader Dr Keith Rowley had raised questions about the use of the card by Minister Toppin.
The card which is issued to ministers and other state officials is supposed to be used in foreign countries and for local entertainment. It was reported that Mrs. Alleyne-Toppin went over the limit restriction on the card and that the card was mostly used in Trinidad and Tobago on a regular basis.
The Tobago PNM called on Minster Alleyne Toppin to resign while the TOP called on her to apologise.
However, the seriousness which TOP was viewing the situation became clearer when the party issued statement calling for an apology from the Minister.
In her letter to the TOP, the Tobago Development Minister wrote that "she unreservedly apologised for the issues that arose surrounding the use of the State issued credit card and to bring redress and closure on the matter."
She stated three main points in the letter that all balances drawn on the account have been repaid in full, adding that the card has been returned to the First Citizens Bank
The Minister's letter also pointed out that "steps have been taken to personally review any of break-down in the administrative process in the Ministry of Tobago Development to ensure that matters of this nature do not occur in keeping with the commitment, transparency, integrity and accountability in all operations.
She thanked her constituents, the TOP, the Government and the national community.