The swim protest is not the end of the mission for members of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Minority Council.
Speaking with Newsday Tobago on Tuesday, Minority Councilor Dr. Faith B Yisrael while describing the swim protest as a success said that the mission was a twofold.
“We think that Monday’s mission was certainly a success. We had a two-fold mission, which was one; to bring the issue of interisland transportation, particularly the sea bridge on the national agenda and I think that we succeeded at that. The second mission is to ensure that Tobago particularly the Tobago House of Assembly has the deciding voice on whatever vessel or vessels have been identified for the interisland ferry route,” she said.
Going forward will be the continuation of the second mission, according to the Councilor.
“We sent three letters; one to the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, one to the Chairman of the Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago and also to Caribbean Airlines requesting a meeting to sit with each of them individually to discuss how we in the Tobago House of Assembly can be part of the decision making process,” she said.
On Monday, the members of the Minority Council; Leader Watson Duke and members; Farley Augustine and Dr. Faith B Yisrael led a contingent from Scarborough to Toco via swimming, a canoe, a jet ski and a fishing pirogue; transportation means which they described as ‘by any means necessary’ to highlight the many inter-island transport issues, which they agreed were being put on the back burner by the current PNM-led Central Government.