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Sportt corporate secretary quits
Yet another Sport Company of T&T (Sportt) official has called it a day. Company corporate secretary Maurice Valere tendered his resignation on Tuesday, with immediate effect. Valere was responsible for recording the minutes of the extraordinary meeting of the company’s board held on August 18, when former chief executive officer Errol Ashby was dismissed. Ashby, according to the minutes, was dismissed, despite objections from the board, for failing to carry out directives by Minister of Sports Anil Roberts.
The minister, the minutes recorded, instructed the board to terminate business development manager Steven Joseph and appoint new recruit Shoma Persad to the post. Persad, the minutes stated, was the minister’s pick for the job. The minister has since denied the allegation claiming that Ashby was dismissed for breach of contract as it relates to the acquisition of a BMW X3 for his own use, and also for under performance. Meanwhile, board member Sebastien Paddington was appointed chairman of Sportt on Wednesday at a special board meeting.
Paddington replaces Rhett Chee Ping who resigned following the Ashby saga. Chee Ping admitted to sanctioning the lease of the luxury vehicle. Valere is the third Sportt official to depart the organisation within the last month. In an interview yesterday, former deputy political leader of the Congress of People Robert Mayers warned that new politics may be a figment of the imagination. Briefly commenting on the issue, Mayers said: “The standard of new politics seems to be evasive. I am just looking on.”