Minister in the Ministry of Finance and San Fernando East MP Brian Manning has praised late Energy Minister Franklin Khan for his indelible contribution to the development of TT.
Khan died suddenly on Saturday. He was 63.
In a statement, Manning, the San Fernando East MP, said: “The loss that is felt today as a nation is significant as senator Khan dedicated his life to serve the people of Trinidad and Tobago and to help shape the People’s National Movement.”
Khan served for many years alongside Manning's father and former prime minister Patrick Manning.
Tobago House of Assembly Chief Secretary Ancil Dennis said in a statement that Khan was not simply a politician but a man who spent most of his life contributing to the progress and development of TT.
Dennis said Khan did so by using his expertise and skills as a graduate of geology and geography from the University of the West Indies and as a petroleum geologist.
He urged the nation to keep Khan’s family in their prayers.
Former chairman of the Sangre Grande Regional Corporation Martin “Terry” Rondon, meanwhile, said Khan will be missed for his wisdom and guidance.
“He was always there for me, always giving political advice,” he said in a statement.
Rondon said during Khan's years as PNM chairman, he called the corporation frequently to find out how things were progressing in the Toco/Sangre Grande electoral district.
“The PNM has lost a great man. May his soul rest in peace.”