Dr Lennox Sealy

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Dr Lennox Sealy

“In my position, you must support your minister once there is nothing immoral or wrong involved.”

So said executive director of water provider WASA Dr Lennox Sealy in response to comments that Public Utilities Minister Marvin Gonzales had thrown him under the bus over the halted disconnection drive for Water and Sewerage Authority customers in arrears last week.

Gonzales, who previously said he was unaware of the planned action, insisted he had not thrown Sealy under the bus but merely intervened and stopped the disconnection drive.

In an e-mailed response to questions yesterday, Sealy said: “We will continue to encourage the population to treat WASA in the same way they treat their cellphone bills and other commitments. We collected a significant amount of money owed to the Authority which we will share with the public along with a big ‘thank you’ for coming in and honouring their payments.”

Gonzales said about 60 people were affected by disconnections in Chaguanas, San Juan and Barataria.

He also encouraged customers to access WASA’s online platforms to pay outstanding bills.

Last Thursday, WASA announced its debt recovery action had started a day earlier with the disconnection of several customers in Barataria, San Juan and Chaguanas after attempts to encourage errant customers to pay had proved futile.

Customers were disconnected on Thursday but by Friday Gonzales said he had met with the WASA board and advised that the disconnections be halted following a rush to pay bills.

The Opposition United National Congress had called on the utility to stop it.


IT IS more that 12 years since Lawrence Duprey, former chairman of CL Financial (CLF), went cap in hand to the Government for a bailout for the Group’s then insurance company, CLICO.

From publicly available figures, the Sunday Express has tabulated the cost to taxpayers at $611.3 million and counting.

MEMBERS of the retail sector are making an “urgent and desperate” plea to the Government for all malls and retail outlets to be reopened by the end of July as vaccination availability continues to expand.

Shell Trinidad and Tobago yesterday announced the start of natural gas production from its Block 5C, off the east coast of Trinidad, which it expects to peak at about 220 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscf/d).

Shell’s announcement of first gas from Block 5C, known as the Project Barracuda, comes amid heightened interest in the fate of Atlantic LNG’s Train 1, following reports that the first LNG facility in T&T, commissioned in 1999, will be mothballed “in the coming weeks and could stay out of service for at least two years”.

THE cost of steel products used in construction has increased by an estimated 40 per cent in some hardware stores as result of higher freight prices coupled with a global shortage of steel.

ROCK HARD Cement Ltd has failed in its judicial review claim against Government’s decision to impose a quota and a 50 per cent increase in the import duties of cement.