Sunday, April 7, 2013

Let’s talk Tobago self-governance

Chief Secretary, Orville London
Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Orville London is calling on Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to resume talks with Tobago about internal self-government. 
In a media statement Friday, London called on Persad-Bissessar “to give some comfort to the people of Tobago with respect to her Government’s position on resuming discussions and the process that would lead to full internal self-government for the island in the shortest possible time”.
He said he wanted to place on public record once again his concern for the silence emanating from the Central Government on the issue of self-government for Tobago after the THA election in January.

“Before the THA election it was a major topic and one would have thought that the election was fought primarily on this one issue,” London told Thursday’s post-Executive Council media briefing.
London recalled that before the election all the parties had one thing in common and that was internal self-government for Tobago.

He said he found it “quite disconcerting that despite several overtures made to the Central Government, in person and by written correspondence, there was no indication that it intended to give any priority to the issue”.

According to London, this issue of internal self-government for Tobago was one of the issues he raised when he met the Prime Minister on February 22.

The Chief Secretary added: “I want the people of Tobago to be on notice that they have to do whatever is necessary to alert the Central Government to their concern and to elicit from the Central Government some kind of positive response with respect to this very important issue. 
“We cannot allow it to become intertwined with the whole issue of the Constitutional Reform discussion. We in Tobago are supportive of the Constitutional Reform discussion but we cannot afford for this issue which has engaged our attention for the past 50 years and on which we have been focusing for at least the past four years to be overshadowed by the Constitutional Reform discussion.”

Source: Express Trinidad

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