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Kublalsingh still awaiting meeting with President

Monday, December 30, 2013

Environmental activist Dr Wayne Kublalsingh is still waiting to meet with President Anthony Carmona, four months after the date he was initially promised. In August Kublalsingh delivered a letter to President Anthony Carmona calling on him to review the Dr James Armstrong report which criticised aspects of the controversial Mon Desir to Debe section of the $7.2 billion Solomon Hochoy Highway extension to Point Fortin. Carmona agreed and promised to arrange a meeting in September to discuss its content. 


To date, however, Kublalsingh says they have not met and there is still no definite date for their meeting. “I made some strong attempts to communicate with him and he eventually said he would deal with us early next year,” Kublalsingh told the T&T Guardian.


He said he is still eagerly awaiting his meeting with Carmona and that not a single government minister has answered the questions raised by the Armstrong Report. He questions why they would spend money commissioning an expensive report when they show no intention of taking it into consideration.


“The Government really should do the honourable thing. They funded the Armstrong Report by paying a quarter million dollars. Three government ministers signed the contract agreeing to do the report and now they’re saying they are not going to abide by it.” Kublalsingh is now urging Finance Minister Larry Howai to be cautious about using the $5 billion bond raised on the international money market to fund the highway project.


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