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Trinidad and Tobago

Published on November 3rd, 2016 | by Trinidad Express Newspapers

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Culture minister: We’re looking at Pan Trinbago

Community Development, Culture and the Arts Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly says her Ministry is looking closely at steelband organisation Pan Trinbago following allegations of questionable financial transactions and growing debt. Vice president Byron Serrette said Tuesday he resigned from the organisation after he had concerns about the alleged purchase of two luxury vehicles with funding from Pan Trinbago, as well as other concerns about the operations of the organisation.

Gadsby-Dolly said yesterday: “The internal affairs of Pan Trinbago don’t concern the Ministry. We are not concerned about who is president or not. We are looking on closely because they are receiving a huge amount of money for running Panorama.  “Since the allegations are of financial improprietry, the Ministry is looking closely at it. We are considering our options with respect to ensuring taxpayers’ money is handled with all transparency.”

Gadsby-Dolly told the Express: “We have not come to a conclusion yet. We are examining the options and what was told to the (National Carnival Commission) and the Ministry. Pan Trinbago is an independent group. We interact with them through Panorama. In terms of Panorama, it’s a clear mandate. Pan Trinbago has other ventures and their debtors are Pan Trinbago debtors.  “We interact with them for their receipt of State funds for Panorama. We have to ensure the public interest is protected. We are looking at it and we are examining it. Our duty is to the taxpayers.”
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