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Tuesday 19 June 2018
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THA Minority still without an office

Members of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Minority Council are still without an office.

Speaking at Tuesday’s weekly press conference Dr Faith BYisrael noted that the Minority Council was still holding press conferences in the open air at James Park, Scarborough.

“We are again in James Park having our weekly press conferences of the Minority Council and the Progressive Democratic Patriots. We are still here in James Park having these press conferences because many people seem to not know that we do not have an office.

“The Office of the Minority Leader still does not exist, even though we were shown a space couple months ago, even though we agreed that this space was suitable, and they said okay – we have heard nothing from them about that,” she said.

Asked what was being done to resolve the matter, BYisrael said:

“We have had no word since. We were taken to the space by the Clerk of the House (of Assembly) and she is now waiting for word from higher up. She was just given an instruction to show us the space, she did exactly that, and she is now waiting for additional word to bring back.”

Contacted for information, THA Chief Administrator Raye Sandy said he was still awaiting a report from Valuations, based on the last site visit before he could make a recommendation.

On January 30, members of the Minority Council, which includes Leader Watson Duke, Farley Augustine and BYisrael, were given a tour of the proposed office at 2 Hamilton Street in Scarborough by staff of the Assembly Legislature and Property Management Unit of the THA.

In a previous interview, Duke said on the day of the tour, they were told about two spaces and immediately chose Hamilton Street, owing to its location in Scarborough, as well as its proximity to the Assembly Chamber.

Duke, Augustine and BYisrael have been without an office since their inauguration as Minority THA members on January 26, 2017.

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