Tuesday 27 October, 2020

‘What’s the status on Petrotrin?’ Kamla asks

Photo: Petrotrin Pointe-a-Pierre refinery.

Photo: Petrotrin Pointe-a-Pierre refinery.

Opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is calling on Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to reveal Government’s plans for Petrotrin.

She said it’s been two years since the Prime Minister assured that the State-owned oil company would not be closed but “the once vibrant energy hub remains idle and closed”.

She noted that the refinery was to be sold to Patriotic Energies, which is owned by the OWTU, yet, nearly one year later, Government is “no closer to making that deal a reality”.

Persad-Bissessar also took note that the Prime Minister on the campaign trail in July said the deal would be finalised within a matter of days, but that has not materialised.

She said: “As a matter of fact during the run up to the election, in July 2020, the Prime Minister boasted that ‘It is the intention of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, in the coming days, to sign off with the OWTU and beginning of the way back for the Petrotrin refinery’, yet two months later it appears to have only been yet another empty promise.”

She said the Prime Minister must update citizens on the status of the deal and Government’s plans for the company.

“Prime Minister needs to update our citizens who are the current rightful owners of this prized asset on the future and status of these plans.”

Persad-Bissessar slammed Government’s “selfish decision” on Petrotrin, which she said has left thousands of former Petrotrin employees and fence line workers without employment opportunities.

She said Government must be held to account on these developments.

“The Prime Minister has to be accountable to our country on why the refinery is still idle and no moves have been made to keep to his promises of ensuring it becomes operational once again.

This remains one of the most critical national issues which I will continue to seek answers on.”

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