Saturday 14 December, 2019

ODPM deputy CEO resigns

Retired Colonel Dave Williams has resigned from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM).

Williams' resignation comes in the wake of steady criticism of the ODPM's response to reports of flooding which occurred last Wednesday across Trinidad and Tobago.

The severe rainfall led to riverine flooding and landslides/landslips in parts of south, central and north Trinidad and left some families marooned in their homes.

The body of a 52-year-old man identified as Kashib Ali was also found in Barrackpore after flood waters receded today.

However, during a media briefing held last Saturday, Williams told reporters, "You see this as a big thing? For us this is a small thing”. He also said that all systems failed but the ODPM did not.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, during a tour of flood-hit Mafeking, Mayaro on Sunday, announced that the ODPM would be reviewed as he did not believe the people with the right "aptitude" nor "attitude" operated at the organisation.

The National Security Ministry issued a statement which confirmed the resignation. It said Captain Neville Wint, ODPM Relief Officer, will act as head of the organisation.

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