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Government slams opposition leader over oil refinery statement

Published:Thursday | November 12, 2020 | 12:18 AM


The Trinidad and Tobago government yesterday accused Opposition Leader Kamla Persad Bissessar of seeking to undermine negotiations with a union-owned company regarding the sale of the refinery of the state-owned oil company, PETROTRIN, and warned that without confidentiality, “you can’t succeed in the international energy sector”.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, flanked by Finance Minister Colm Imbert and the Energy Industries Minister, Franklin Khan, said that the outburst of the opposition leader during a public forum of her opposition United National Congress on Monday night was nothing “but an act of desperation”.

The Oilfield Workers Trade Union, which owns the Patriotic Energies and Technologies Co Ltd, engaged in the confidential negotiations regarding the sale of the refinery and the purchasing company, Paria, has promised its own response to Persad Bissessar’ statement.

“There is absolutely no news in that. It is an act of desperation in trying to surprise the country in her weekend of difficulty by telling the country she has discovered that the government intends to sell the refinery,” Rowley told reporters.