Culture Minister: NCC received $52M in payments for 2019
Culture and the Arts Minister Dr Nyaan Gadsby-Dolly is denying that there is any carnival crisis at the National Carnival Commission.
NCC Chairman Winston Gypsy Peters, in January, while speaking at a Public Accounts Committee, said the Commission was still awaiting funding for Carnival 2019.
However, in a statement issued on Thursday, Gadsby-Dolly noted that to date, $52 million was released to the NCC out of an approximately $130 million allocation.
According to the release, the NCC has made two requests for releases for 2019. NCC’s first request, for the sum of $25million (TT) was received by the Ministry on January 10, 2019. Within two weeks, the release was processed and the full sum was reportedly remitted to the NCC. In addition to this, the NCC received an additional sum of $27 million (TT) on February 12, 2019, totalling $52 million (TT) provided to the Commission for fiscal 2019.
The Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts is also confirming that on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, NCC made a second request for releases in the sum of $73 million (TT).
Minister Gadsby-Dolly said allocations to the NCC are to be used beyond the Carnival season and as such, do not need to be released beforehand.
“The NCC’s total allocation is not solely for the events of Carnival and therefore there is no requirement for the Commission to receive its total allocation before Carnival".
She went on further to assure that, “the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts continues to work closely with the NCC to ensure that the 2019 Carnival and all other activities for which the NCC is responsible are efficiently executed. Economic challenges notwithstanding, the NCC continues to be adequately resourced such that our Carnival experience is fulsome and enjoyable.”