ANYONE wishing to pay tribute to former energy minister, the late Franklin Khan, can do so by way of a virtual condolence book on the website of the Ministry of Energy. A recent ministry statement directed at the media, energy industry and general public, said the book could be found on the www.energy.gov.tt website for expressions of sympathy in honour of Khan.
Described as a "true son of the soil and patriot", Khan passed away at his Maraval home at approximately 7 am Saturday.
On Sunday, tributes to Khan continued to be offered.
Patriotic Energies and Technologies Company Limited, which had tried but failed to buy the Pointe-a-Pierre oil refinery, offered a brief statement of condolence.
"The Board of Patriotic would like to express its deepest condolences to the family and friends of the recently departed Senator the Honourable Franklin Khan. We pray for God's peace to be with them and may he rest in peace."
Proman, a Swiss-based producer of methanol and ammonia in TT, in a statement said it was deeply saddened by Khan's untimely passing and extended its heartfelt condolences to Khan’s family, friends and colleagues, plus the people of Trinidad and Tobago.
"Minister Khan was an outstanding public servant who dedicated his career to the people of TT. His steadfast leadership and commitment to the advancement of the energy sector was greatly appreciated by all those who worked with him."
Proman Limited (TT) managing director Claus Cronberger said he was shocked and saddened by Khan’s unexpected passing and his thoughts were with his family in this time of grief.
"He will be remembered by all those who had the honour of working with him. I speak for my colleagues across the Proman family of companies when I say that his dedication, leadership and experience will be a huge loss to the energy sector and to the people of TT.”
Proman CEO David Cassidy said Khan was a dedicated public servant who worked tirelessly to serve the people of TT throughout his career.
"We had the privilege of working closely with him in recent years in his position as Minister of Energy and Energy Industries and always appreciated his unwavering commitment to championing the energy sector.
"I would personally like to extend my sincerest condolences to Minister Khan’s family and friends and the Government of TT at this difficult time.”