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NWU CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO PUBLISH VENEZUELA AGREEMENT

posted 23 Sep 2013, 22:33 by Gerry Kangalee

2013-09-24

 

NWU CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO PUBLISH VENEZUELA AGREEMENT

 

The National Workers Union (NWU) notes that Minister of Energy, Kevin Ramnarine, has been cited in the media as launching an investigation into the “leaking” of information about the signing of the agreement between Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela concerning the Loran-Manatee gas field. 
 
There has been a lot of noise and very little light shed on what are the terms of the agreement between the two sovereign countries. The Minister seems to believe that the terms of the agreement which would bind our country to a particular course of action are not the business of the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago. 

The Minister seems to subscribe to the view that the government is the only entity that should have access to information that could be critical to the present and future well-being of the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago. 

The Minister is following in the footsteps of the PNM, who, when they were in office, negotiated all kinds of deals with transnational corporations, like Yara, PCS Nitrogen, Methanex, ArcelorMittal etc., involved in using our natural gas as feedstock or in the case of Atlantic LNG for liquefaction and export, the details of which have been kept secret up to today. Citizens of this country have no idea as to under what conditions our national patrimony is being disposed of.

The National Workers Union reminds the national community that on 2013-06-04, we publicly called on the government to publish the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) which it had signed with the United States of America. The government treated our call with disdain and never published the agreement. 
 
Governments past and present have paid lip service to the concepts of transparency and accountability, but words are cheap and our country has become a cesspool of corruption and cover up. 
 
The political hustlers who infest the state institutions hold that the citizens of the country have no political rights except the right to vote, every now and again. They believe that having voted, citizens should put up and shut up and not involve themselves in civic affairs and not participate in the governing of themselves and their country. 

The National Workers Union calls upon the Minister of Energy and the government of Trinidad and Tobago to publish in full the terms of the agreement signed on September 11th 2013 with the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. 
   

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Gerry Kangalee (National Education and Research Officer – Cell: 785-7637)
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