BOATT apologises to PM, replaces interim president
The Barkeepers & Operators Association of Trinidad and Tobago (BOATT) has apologised to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley for a recent statement and replaced interim president Teron Mohan.
In two statements today the group extended apologies to the public for comments made by Mohan:
'On behalf of The Barkeepers & Operators Association of Trinidad & Tobago, we would like to extend our sincerest apologies to the Prime Minister and the general public for statements made by our former interim president, Mr Teron Mohan. This unfortunate incident happened after the Prime Minister’s press conference on Saturday 21st November, 2020.'
'The statement made was unprofessional and does not reflect nor represent the views of the Association’s executive and its members. While the financial support offered to the employees is greatly appreciated, it may not adequately suffice the needs of the vast amount affected. It is much needed support for the industry especially during this Yuletide season. The association welcomes future support and co-operation if restrictions continue.'
'The Association’s goal is to help its members by engaging in positive communication with necessary stakeholders and does not condone this behaviour in any way. The Association’s executive has taken full responsibility for Mr Mohan’s unfortunate statement and the matter has been dealt with accordingly.'
The group said in an earlier statement that Mohan would no longer be serving as interim president. In his place vice president, Satesh Moonasar, now takes on the role of interim president.
On Saturday, Dr Rowley announced that although bars would not be able to have seated services, $10 million had been allocated to assist bar and restaurant employees affected by the current restrictions.