Congrats to new Tobago Govt appointees
We believe that Tobagonians should feel satisfied with the Cabinet reshuffle as it relates to Tobago. Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissesar in her Cabinet reshuffle named Dr Delmon Baker as a Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Senator Embau Moheni as a Minister in the Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism and Pastor Terrance Baynes as a Government Senator while Vernella Alleyne Toppin remains as Minister in the Ministry of Tobago Development.
We believe that Tobago is well represented in the Peoples Partnership Government and it is now left to those given the Ministerial responsibilities to use the opportunity to serve the people of the nation to the best of their ability. At a time when some Tobagonians are demanding a greater say in the governance of the island, we expect those now vested with governmental responsibility to listen to the voice of the people.
We in Tobago had a history of some Tobago representatives in national governments in the past simply enjoying the perks of office and apparently forgetting to act on behalf of Tobagonians. We could recall the late Basil Pitt who represented Tobago when ANR Robinson was the Tobago East representative. Tobagonians were so dissatisfied with Mr. Pitt that they termed him the 'Minister of smiles and silence'. Many Tobagonians also have a problem with another Tobago west representative in the person of Mr. Stanford Callender, in terms of his representing their issues in the House of Parliament.
Now with the no nonsense Dr Baker in the Ministry of Finance, it is the first time since ANR Robinson in the 1960s that Tobagonians have one of their representatives in this most crucial Ministry. Therefore, Dr Baker's appointment must be seen in a positive light where Tobago's business is concerned.
Also, we view Senator Moheni's appointment in the Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism as a plus for Tobago. The opportunities for Tobago artistes to move forward are very limited in relation to artistes based in Trinidad. This is the reason why most of the talented sons and daughters of Tobago have based themselves in Trinidad, in order to progress. Minister Moheni from all his time around the Tobago artistic community will surely be aware of the situation which exists and act that understanding in mind.
We are also happy for Pastor Terance Baynes whom we hope will seize the opportunity with both hands and serve the people with the best of his God given talent and skill.