Fitzroy Harewood has resigned as President of state-owned oil company Petrotrin. In a circular issued to all staff, a copy of which was sent to Newsday last night, Petrotrin Chairman Wilfred Espinet made the announcement. However, no reasons were given in the circular for Harewood’s departure.
The circular stated that the Petrotrin Board has accepted Harewood’s resignation which was submitted on November 30 and comes into effect on February 28, to allow for a replacement to be sourced. Harewood was appointed President in November 2015. Petrotrin has been in the news of late regarding the ‘fake oil’ scandal in which an internal and then two external audits found that a company whose owner has close ties with Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, was paid tens of millions of dollars for oil which was never sent to Petrotrin’s refinery in Pointe-a-Pierre. Action against this person by Petrotrin is still pending. Efforts to reach both Harewood and Espinet last night for comment proved futile.