Trinidad Express / EVERY cent in the Ministry of Works and Transport will be spent on the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.
This is the assurance from newly appointed Works Minister Rohan Sinanan who said although the greatest challenge will be sufficient funding for projects he can “do a lot with little.”
Sinanan replaces Fitzgerald Hinds who has been reassigned the portfolio of Minister of Public Utilities in the Cabinet led by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley.
He is expected to be sworn in at 4p.m. Monday at the Office of the President in Port of Spain.
Sinanan, a long standing member of the People’s National Movement (PNM) first entered Parliament in November 2015 as a temporary Senator.
He was appointed a Government Senator in June 2016 after the resignation of former colleague Hafeez Ali. Sinanan who is originally from Sangre Grande but now resides in Valsayn also served as deputy chairman in Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation.
He told the Express on Monday: “The first thing I will be doing is meeting with the permanent secretary and the staff at the ministry. We have to see what they have on the drawing board and from that, we will chart the way going forward. I don’t want to make any commitments until I meet with the permanent secretary.”
Sinanan said: “Coming out of the campaign, we did commit in our manifesto the whole overview of the highway programme meaning the Valencia to Toco highway, the Wallerfield to Manzanilla highway, the continuation of the Point Fortin Highway, and the Chaguaramas causeway. These are some of the major projects we really would want to get off and stimulate the economy.”
He said: “The biggest challenge will be funding because we all know what is happening in the country right now in terms of the budgetary allocations for the different ministries, but I think one of my strengths is that I can do a lot with little and to just make the best with what we have. One thing I can assure you is that none of the money will be misappropriated, we will try to make sure that every cent is spent on the citizens on Trinidad and Tobago.” Sinanan added that Hinds did an excellent job as minister and he was always in close contact with him. And he said: “I feel very humbled that the Prime Minister has put this confidence in me to serve at least in that ministry which I think is probably one of the more powerful ministries. It covers a wide section from roads to rivers and everything.”
“I have been working with Dr Rowley for a while and I think, he thinks that I have the ability to deliver. I think right now the citizens are probably getting a little bit restless as to some of the promised projects. In my budget statements I did say that a lot of projects have already started and a lot more that have to be started. I think that responsibility is something we want to keep on the forefront and I had made a commitment that no money will be stolen,” Sinanan said.