Wednesday 19 September, 2018

NCC, Pan Trinbago sign MoU for better accountability of funds

The National Carnival Commission (NCC) is clamping down on Pan Trinbago’s handling of its Government subventions.

The NCC yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Pan Trinbago to take over the disbursement of funds for the organisation’s activities.

Speaking to Loop, NCC Chairman Winston Peters said the decision was prompted by the need for proper accountability.

“The NCC has decided to implement its mandate because when all this autonomous arrangement came into being with Pan Trinbago and the other entities there were certain guidelines that had to be followed and we have lost that and we are determined to take it back and make sure we bring  back some semblance of proper management in these interest groups,” he said.

Peters said NCC won’t be taking over any of Pan Trinbago’s business such as payment of monthly staff.

He said regarding payments to pannists, there is a need to do an assessment of the bands and a system is being put in place to do that.

“We are only responsible for giving a subvention to Pan Trinbago, TUCO, and the TTCBA and that is what we are doing and with that subvention there has to be accountability for it. We weren’t satisfied with the accountability that was given so we are putting more stringent systems in place,” he said.

The arrangement is expected to cover the next three years.