Newly-appointed Energy Minister Stuart Young said “there is absolutely no conflict of interest between NiQuan and myself.”
Conflict of interest claims between himself and NiQuan were raised on Sunday by Opposition senator Anil Roberts.
At a media briefing at the Office of the Opposition Leader in Port of Spain, Roberts raised the question among several regarding NiQuan – the explosion on April 7, and the connection between the company and Young.
Roberts alleged the minister worked with NiQuan in the past as the company’s legal representative and should recuse himself from any matter involving NiQuan.
However, in a Newsday interview, Young said “I have never worked for NiQuan.”
He said “I once represented Malcolm Jones who was a former chairman of Petrotrin when the UNC government commenced action against Mr Jones and others. The fact is that it was under the UNC government, between 2010 to 2015, that the World GTL plant was contracted to be given to NiQuan.
Young said “the issue, or rather red herring, of a conflict raised by the desperate Opposition, who revel in attempting to mislead the population, is rejected outright.”