THA Minority Leader says Farley’s reshuffle “disappointing” and made no sense

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THA Minority Leader says Farley’s reshuffle “disappointing” and made no sense

THA Minority Leader Kelvin Morris, has described as “disappointing,” the executive reshuffle of the assembly which was announced earlier today.

According to Morris, it made no sense, and will not benefit the island.

In a press release, THA Chief Secretary Farley Augustine announced changes to his executive council, which included him stepping down as secretary of finance, trade and the economy.

Terance Baynes was demoted from secretary of community development, youth development and sport, to assistant secretary in the division of infrastructure, quarries and urban development.
Joel Sampson, who deputised in infrastructure, now leads the division of community development.

Former assistant secretary of tourism Megan Morrison is now assistant secretary in the Division of Health, Wellness and Social Protection with responsibility for social programmes and Niall George takes over her position in tourism, while former assistant secretary in education Orlando Kerr takes up a similar post in the division of settlement.

Councillor Certica Williams-Orr is now the assistant secretary in finance.

Morris said: “Whether you move incompetence left, right or centre, it is still incompetence.”

The press release also said Augustine will present his final THA budget in June, and by July 1st, there will be a new secretary of finance, trade and the economy.

Speaking on The Minority Report this afternoon, Morris also slammed the fact that the announcement was made via a press release instead of a press conference.

“Not even an interface with the media as to explain the rationale for the changes.
“But that is how the Chief Secretary views Tobagonians – not even to give us the respect of proper clarification, because we have questions.”

“We were told by the Chief Secretary (in 2023) that we would see significant strategic alignment as to greater improve the delivery of this current THA executive. And therefore, Tobagonians began to really look forward to this reshuffle with a sense of hope, of change of behaviour, because up to that time, Tobagonians had not seen the change that they voted for.”

He said given most of the changes being made to assistant secretaries, whose roles and responsibilities are not on the same level as secretaries, “Then you would understand that this reshuffle is nothing more than a sham.”

He believes Augustine is afraid to “make the changes where the changes are required.