Nigel Forgenie, Chief Executive Officer at the Youth Training & Employment Partnership Programme (YTEPP) fields a question during a recent sitting of the Public Account (Enterprises) Committee. Photo courtesy The Office of the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Youth Training and Employment Partnership Programme (YTEPP) Nigel Forgenie has been fired.

Government Minister Stuart Young made the announcement at the post-Cabinet news conference at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann's today.

Forgenie was caught lying when he appeared before a Public Accounts Enterprises Committee (PAEC) meeting on July 4.

He was asked on several occasions by Independent Senator David Small whether he had any relatives employed at YTEPP.

He repeatedly denied this. 

It was only when Labour Minister Jennifer Baptiste- Primus asked pointedly whether any person was hired under their maiden name that Forgenie confessed  his wife was employed at YTEPP.

Forgenie, who has been CEO for 12 years was also facing  concerns with respect to financial mismanagement at the State Enterprise.

He  admitted that he took a unilateral decision to have a Prado which was purchased for his use to be unmarked  and not carry the YTEPP logo. 

Young said the YTEPP board led by Thora Best called Forgenie to a meeting on July 5 and due process was followed where he was allowed to explain areas of concern. 

Young said the board also referred to Forgenie's responses at the PAEC meeting. 

He said the Board reviewed Forgenie's responses and concluded that "it can no longer repose any confidence in Mr Forgenie”.