Monday 15 July, 2019

Moonilal: PM must reconvene Parliament to debate closure of Petrotrin

Opposition MP Dr. Roodal Moonilal is calling on Prime Minister. Dr. Keith Rowley to reconvene Parliament to debate the planned closure of the Petrotrin refinery.

The Oropouche East MP made the call in a statement on Wednesday.

“The Prime Minister should reconvene the Parliament to debate this madcap plan and bring much-needed clarity and a critical appraisal of this policy rather than throw a cooler fete.

The people's representative must speak out on this matter in the people's Parliament.

Parliament must be reconvened immediately!! A government that called parliament four times in the recess to reject candidates for Commissioner of police cannot call parliament once to debate the closure of the oil industry,” he said.

Moonilal said the closure of Petrotrin's refinery will add to a brewing social crisis.

“As a Member of Parliament in a region where many of the affected employees and energy service contractors reside or are headquartered I am compelled to add my voice in condemnation of the callous, cold, heartless and wicked move by the Rowley administration to summarily shut down the operations of this country's leading flagship oil company and driver of the national economy over the decades.

The communities of Point Fortin, Santa Flora, Barackpore, Penal, and Debe, among many others across the country will suffer immeasurable social dislocation, poverty and hardships at every level as a result of this thoughtless and shameless policy decision so cowardly communicated to the nation.”

He said the ripple effects of closing Petrotrin are astonishing.

Moonilal added that Petrotrin debt is primarily a result of the vanity projects and corruption during the infamous Jones/Julien reign.


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