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Call for Commission of Inquiry?

Call for Commission of Inquiry?

Date: January 14th, 2020
Dear Editor/Newsroom,

We commend the Express investigative report dated January 12th, 2020 and titled “Raking it in from Govt rent” which amplifies a scandalous fact- we are throwing away our children’s wealth.
After the Manning administration promised our nation that the building of the Port of Spain Waterfront would save our country hundreds of millions in rental expenditure, it is now clear that the “free for all” resource curse squander-mania rages on without caution or thrift. There is a public concern/perception that needs to be put to rest that Government rentals
are excessively inflated and that kickbacks are being paid.

In order to address this public interest concern, Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) respectfully and publicly call on Prime Minister Rowley to clear his Government’s name and appoint a Commission of Inquiry to investigate and report to Parliament on whether property rentals paid for by Government are of a comparative value to the private sector rentals for similar locations with similarly equipped facilities. In our respectful view, Government should prevent this public alarm of historic corruption in property rentals by the immediate appointment of a multisectoral, interdisciplinary, independent committee to oversee Government
property rentals.

This committee would operate under a special Terms of Reference
which should be concluded after wide public consultation. An honest leader must protect the vulnerable. Many people are suffering in the face of
this feeding frenzy and there is vulgar. Unless a leader unifies us as one people, the perception and probable abuse and financial rape of our vulnerable, innocents and our children’s future will continue.

Terrance Beddoe

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