“Our loss is the country’s gain.”
So said Anglican Bishop Claude Berkley about the nomination of Justice Paula-Mae Weekes as the sixth President of T&T.
National Security Minister Edmund Dillon says his ministry is looking at suitable local and regional candidates to replace Russian-born pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov, who resigned two days ago.
“We are looking at some young people who expressed their interest in studying in the field. This is not a field that has attracted much people. Right now we are examining some resumes and we have some who have already done their first degrees in forensic science,” Dillon told the T&T Guardian yesterday.
Dillon said there are plans to construct a new Forensic Science Centre (FSC) in either Mt Hope or Valsayn South, but a site is yet to be approved and that may not be done within the next fiscal year.
The new facility will be modern with adequate storage, eliminating the need for funeral homes to collect and store the bodies that are to be examined, he added.
Before his resignation, Alexandrov had said staffing at the FSC is a major issue. In his resignation letter, he said he was cutting short his contract, which was scheduled to end in March, for health reasons.
Alexandrov has been very vocal about the lack of storage space and a proper working environment for himself and fellow pathologists Dr Eslyn Mc Donald-Burris and Dr Hughvon Des Vignes.
Mc Donald-Burris has asked for a two-day work week in her new contract, but Dillon said that is being looked at by FSC director Arlette Lewis and the National Security Ministry.