Family Brawl At Vendome

Leonnard Cambridge – allegedly in dispute with relatives

Leonnard Cambridge – allegedly in dispute with relatives

Police had to be called out on Sunday to quell a dispute over family lands at Vendome, St. George’s.

Several charges including assault with a dangerous instrument, wounding, resisting arrest, obscene language, and common assault have been laid on Leonnard Cambridge of Vendome.

THE NEW TODAY understands that the suspect made life uncomfortable for a family of four persons including Police Constable 907 Damian Frank whom he allegedly attacked.

Cambridge who was said to be in an uncontrollable state and allegedly armed with a cutlass engaged in a vicious onslaught on the Frank Family.

It is alleged that the incident erupted when Cambridge was spraying areas of the land with the deadly gramoxone.

This newspaper understands that the gramoxone was being sprayed close to a plot of pumpkins that is owned by one of the family members, Rupert Frank.

Cambridge was spoken to about the use of the insecticide, and allegedly reacted in a hostile manner by threatening to spray another of the family member with the deadly weedicide.

In the heat of the moment, Cambridge allegedly delivered several blows on Rupert and in the process, he also received some chop wounds in the area of his back.

During the saga, Constable Frank who is attached to the Central Police Station on the Carenage, St. George’s attempted to put the matter under control, but he too was allegedly attacked by Cambridge.

The accused appeared in court on Tuesday and was granted bail in the sum of $25,000.00 with two sureties by Magistrate, Her Honour Karen Noel.

However, Magistrate Noel attached three conditions to the bail.

The accused man has to report to the Central Police Station every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and also has to surrender all travel documents.

Magistrate Noel has also ordered that Cambridge be prohibited from interfering with all of the witnesses in the case brought against him which is due to start on

September 13.

 

 

Female Police Officer Quits RGPF Accusing Senior Officer of Rape

Deputy Commissioner Redhead was informed by the WPC about the rape committed against her by another cop

Deputy Commissioner Redhead was informed by the WPC about the rape committed against her by another cop

A policewoman who left the force two months ago for the United States has leveled an accusation of Rape against a senior officer within the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF).

THE NEW TODAY understands that the woman who is from a rural village on the island made the disclosure of the alleged rape in a report submitted to Acting Commissioner of Police, Winston James in May, 2013.

The document now in the possession of James gives the name of the officer and the rank that he currently holds in the force.

This newspaper was able to speak with the ex-officer who gave graphic details about the rape that took place one night in Loretto, St. John’s, as well as other sexual assaults on her within police stations in St. George’s by at least two other senior members of RGPF.

These allegations are also said to be documented in the report that was given to Acting Commissioner James.

The ex-female cop said that the senior officer raped her one night at a private home in Loretto that was being paid for by the State for the use of the Superintendent of the Western District.

Checks made by this newspaper confirm the existence of the house that was used by the police.

The ex-Woman Police Constable spoke of asking the officer for a ride to take her from the Gouyave Station to Grenville so that she could take up duties early the next day at another police station.

Acting Commissioner James has the report in his hands

Acting Commissioner James has the report in his hands

According to the young lady, the officer took her instead to Loretto, forced her out of his private vehicle into the house and proceeded to sexually assault her.

She said that she could not have run out of the building since he locked the door and held onto the key.

She spoke of how her clothes including bra and underwear were forcibly removed by the officer who then proceeded to engage in sexual intercourse without her consent.

The young lady said that since leaving the force, she has now built up the courage to bring to light the crime of rape against her.

“I didn’t have the courage to talk about this. When it (the rape) happened, I had just come out of training school and was afraid that I might have gotten him (the Senior police officer) in trouble”, she remarked.

The ex-Woman Police Constable also pointed a finger at another senior police officer who asked her to report to his office with the station diary and then proceeded to lock the door and held onto her while demanding sex.

She gave details of the manner in which she had to struggle to free herself as the senior police officer touched and squeezed her breast and started to kiss her profusely in the locked office.

The ex-female cop also briefed THE NEW TODAY on the actions of another senior police officer who was often “stalking” her and trying to lure her into sexual activities with him.

The ex-WPC said that all three senior police officers whose name were given to Acting Commissioner James proceeded to punish her for refusing to co-operate with them on their sexual advances.

According to the young officer before she sent in her resignation letter to the force, she brought the issue of her rape by the senior police officer and the other acts to the attention of Deputy Commissioner of Police, Frank Redhead.

“Mr. Redhead asked me why I did not come forward before with the information so that a charge of rape could have been brought against …. (name withheld). I told him that I was really afraid to do so”, she said.

THE NEW TODAY understands that at least three other senior members of the force were briefed by the WPC before she left the island for the United States on the reasons why she had decided to call it a day as a policewoman.

Something to investigate!!!

Shocking – isn’t it”?

This is the mildest word that THE NEW TODAY can find at the moment to describe the alleged rape of a former Woman Police Constable while on the job by one of her superiors – a man who currently holds a very high rank in the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF).

This newspaper conducted an interview lasting the better half of just over one-and-a-half hours with the WPC who has a rather sad story to tell of life as a member of our Security Forces.

Indeed, the lady sounds very credible as she outlined several instances of horrifying sexual encounters with some of her superiors even inside some police stations.

It is rather unfortunate that the Acting Commissioner of Police, Winston James did not take up the offer made by this newspaper to allow him to hear the interview that was conducted with this young officer who resigned as a member of the force and is now living abroad.

This story should not be allowed to die a natural death. The Prime Minister as Minister of National Security, Dr. Keith Mitchell should be calling on the Commissioner for a full briefing on the issue since Mr. James did receive a report from the young WPC on the alleged rape and other forms of sexual harassment by senior officers within RGPF.

If a criminal offence has been allegedly committed then the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) should be put on notice. We hereby do so in a public manner to all concerned.

The Grenada National Organisation of Women (GNOW) and other stakeholders especially the Civil Society grouping should also get involved in this issue of the alleged rape of a WPC by a senior member of the police force.

As a matter of fact, THE NEW TODAY is calling for a full and independent investigation into the allegations made against these police officers.

This paper is willing to co-operate and make available the entire interview that was conducted with the former WPC about her experiences as a female member of the force, to the appropriate authorities.

This is not only about that particular young lady but also about the other female officers in the force who might be afraid to come out in the open and speak out about sexual abuse at the hands of their superiors.

Our women folks must not be trampled upon. If a consenting woman declines an offer to go in bed with anyone then her right to say no must be respected.

In the coming weeks, this newspaper would be doing a series of articles and releasing to the public the sad story of this former member of the force.

The nation would be shocked to read some of the specific allegations including the brutal manner in which the WPC was taken to a house at Loretto in St. John’s and not only raped but put through other forms of sexual abuse at the hands of a senior police officer.

If a crime is committed – it matters not who the perpetrator is – whether a policeman or a civilian. Crime is crime. And the law should be the respecter of no one.

Finally, THE NEW TODAY would like to bring to the attention of the people of Grenada, Carriacou & Petite Martinique an announcement that was made by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Republic Bank, Ronald Harford on the reasons why that particular financial institution cannot pay shareholders any dividends for the just ending half-year.

Mr. Harford laid the blame partly on Grenada’s default on payment of its debts to creditors.

 

Following is the notice, dated April 18, 2013, that was sent out to the shareholders of Republic Bank:

 

 

“ Dear Shareholder

 

For the half-year ended March 31, 2013, the Bank recorded a Loss After Tax of $8.031 million, compared to a Profit After Tax of $3.555 million for the corresponding period last year.

 

These results are driven, in the main by the Bank having to book, in accordance with the relevant International Accounting Standard, an impairment expense of $9.663 million largely due to a reduction in market value, consequent upon the default of the Government of Grenada on its Bond payment due on March 15, 2013.

 

Increases in our Provisions for loan Losses of $2.051 million also contributed to the Bank’s financial performance for the half-year. Nevertheless, the Bank’s balance sheet, and more particularly, its capital adequacy, remain strong.

 

Given these results, the Directors have not declared a dividend for the half-year.

 

As the new Government settles in, we eagerly look forward to the implementation of plans that will have a positive impact on the economy”.

 

The above speaks for itself. The government’s decision to default on payments on the national debt can have wide-ranging effects.

 

It is absolutely imperative that Grenadians keep praying for Prime Minister Mitchell and his New National Party (NNP) administration to find some way out of the debt throes that the country has found itself in due in large measure by some of the unfortunate loans that they contracted in their previous stint as our government.

 

If Dr. Mitchell succeeds to solve our debt crisis and to build the promised “New Economy” so much the better for Grenada but if he fails then as the saying goes, “Crapaud smoke we pipe”.

Declaration of assets

Justice St. Paul has requested a change in the legislation

Justice St. Paul has requested a change in the legislation

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell says he is ready to declare his personal assets despite his wife’s dissatisfaction with the process.

Speaking with reporters during Government’s weekly post-Cabinet press briefing last week Wednesday, Dr. Mitchell said that while he has heard the concerns of his wife Marietta Mitchell on the issue of declaration of assets, he believes that this is necessary and important for him as a politician.

“I’m the one in the politics so I have to face the heat,” said Dr. Mitchell who along with his wife are the owners of a multi-million dollar apartment complex in New York.

The Mitchell’s are currently embroiled in a court case in Brooklyn, New York with the former Superintendent of the building, his close cousin, Rodge Jones who is seeking thousands of dollars in compensation.

Both Mitchell’s former New National Party (NNP) and the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration of Tillman Thomas has given commitments to give effect to the Public Integrity Bill, which enables public officers to disclose their assets.

During the campaign trail leading up to the February 19, General Election, Dr. Mitchell promised the nation during a public rally at the Westerhall Playing Field that once he is re-elected as head of government, all elected officials will have to make full disclosures of their asset, what they acquired over the years, how they acquired it and what they are leaving office with.

However, five months later, senior public officials including the Prime Minister himself and members of Cabinet are yet to make good on this promise and make use of the Public Integrity Bill.

In response to a media question as to how much longer Grenadians have to wait for public officers to disclose their assets, Dr. Mitchell stated that he is ready to make a declaration but Commissioner of the Integrity Commission, former High Court Judge Justice Lyle St. Paul had requested an amendment to the existing legislation.

“I called the Commissioner of the Integrity Commission because I think people are getting concerned since the law came into effect in 2007, no politician or public officer has made a public disclosure.

“So I said to them (the members of the commission) if you don’t, because I was under the assumption that they were not moving aggressively as they should and they corrected me on that and gave me several reasons why they were in-fact moving (a bit slow).

“I told them that if they do not move quickly enough, I was personally going to call a press conference and declare my assets to the press of the country. I am not going to force any Cabinet member to follow suit, that’s a personal decision.

Prime Minister Mitchell explained that he was assured by Justice St. Paul that the Integrity Commission is almost ready to proceed and that the forms and questionnaires are presently under lock and key and all that is needed is a slight change to the Act as some things have changed since 2007 and as such they could not proceed to implement the existing Act.

“So we intend to go to Parliament to give them the changes they require to proceed. As (I) said previously we want parliamentarians to be the first to declare and at a recent meeting with the public sector, senior public servants, and (I) advised them to get ready, parliamentarians first and they have to follow, so we would be declaring our assets,” Mitchell said.

Grenadian earns a Green Beret and diamond badge

Hard work and determination bring great success and a Grenadian has achieved just that.

Frank Worth, a past student of Presentation Brothers College (PBC) has earned himself a Green Beret and Diamond Badge, after completing training at Commando Training Centre Royal Marines, Lympstone, UK.

The Royal Marines Commando training course is one of the toughest in the world and Frank was able to prove himself and to earn such a prestigious title.

The coveted Green Beret is only awarded to individuals who have passed the most rigorous and demanding personal examination.

Frank also earned himself a Diamond Badge; awarded to recruits who show confidence and leadership qualities.

The Royal Marines is a ‘breeding ground’ for those individuals who both want, and who prove to be suitable for recruitment into the Special Forces – a testimony in itself to the quality of the men.

Frank has joined 42 Commando in the British Navy and is now ready to serve in any quarter of the world, by his self-discipline and the training he successfully endured, by the sheer will to survive, do justice for his country, his colleagues and himself.

Assessing public expenditure

Brian FrancisPublic expenditure should reflect collective choices that emerge from the political process. It is possible to evaluate the economic consequences of these choices, and to make judgments about the extent to which the apparent objectives which underlie these choices are being achieved in the context of cost-effectiveness.

This can be done from three perspectives: the macroeconomic consequences, the allocation of resources within the economy; and the operational efficiency with which these choices are carried out.

High and rising public expenditure raise two key issues from a macroeconomic perspective. First, they pose financing problems that make it difficult to ensure fiscal discipline and this makes macroeconomic policy management difficult. Second, the distortions created by the tax burden required to meet government’s financing needs may carry high economic costs. Since the tax burden is largely driven by the overall level of government expenditure, this often impinges overall economic performance.

Government expenditure is also an important vehicle for implementing collective choices about resource allocation and income distribution. The motivation by government to intervene in the market include inter alia: the need to provide public goods; a view that merit goods, such as education and health, should be widely available; concern about income distribution; and the desire to limit the extent of monopoly power.

Intervention often involves a mix of expenditure, regulations, tax incentives, multipartite agreements and moral suasion.

However, expenditure is sometimes undertaken without an adequate assessment of its costs and impacts. This may be a reflection of inadequate evaluation systems in the policy formulation process. It may also reflect the tendency for benefits of policy action to create significant political constituencies while the costs are spread over a larger number of people.

It is in the best interest of a country to ensure that public expenditure is operationally efficient; that is, avoids waste. Unfortunately, there are many obstacles to achieving higher levels of operational efficiency. This is true particularly where bureaucratic structures have many layers, or responsibility for decision-making is highly centralised.

In addition, entrenched work and management habits, rigid seniority-based pay scales, and strong union power in the public service may operate to limit flexibility. Furthermore, the incentives for managers in public administration to enhance efficiency may be weak since efficiency gains risk leading to less, rather than more, resources being available to them or may not translate into improved pay or other advantages.

 

Against this backdrop the following questions can be asked:

 

 

(1) Are processes of evaluation and planning in place to ensure that public expenditure decisions are based on a realistic view of their cost and overall affordability?

 

(2) Is expenditure by lower levels of government adequately overseen?

 

(3) Is the government’s performance in achieving its public policy goals commensurate with the resources allocated to them?

 

(4) Is government intervention warranted in all areas where public expenditure is taking place?

 

(5) Can areas be identified where there is significant scope for efficiency gains?

 

I hope the Grenadian public will anxiously await answers to these questions and more in the ensuing months as the debates intensify leading up to the next budgetary presentations.

 

(Dr. Brian Francis, the former Permanent Secretary in the local Ministry of Finance, is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics at the Cave Hill Campus in Bridgetown, Barbados of the University of the West Indies)

Prime Minister Mitchell: The investors are ready

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has given his most detailed response on the issue of investors that are lined up to do business in Grenada since his New National Party (NNP) came to power following the February 19 general elections on the island.

Addressing reporters at a press conference last week, the Prime Minister was asked to provide evidence to back his claim made in the build up to the national poll that investors were awaiting an NNP victory to come into the island to do business and to provide thousands of jobs.

Dr. Mitchell said there would soon be movement in the hotel industry but the five-month-old government has to be careful in order to not overheat the economy.

“At this very point in time we have to be very careful that we do not overheat our economy based on the signs that we are seeing,” he added.

Prime Minister Mitchell disclosed that three “serious billionaire investors” are ready to invest their personal monies into the development of Grenada particularly in the hotel and tourism industry.

He said that one of the investors is interested in the Silver Sand property on Grand Anse beach.

Several developers mainly from Trinidad and Tobago have showed interest in recent years in purchasing the beachfront property to erect a multi-million dollar hotel plant.

According to the Prime Minister, the project “is in train and we expect to see movement not long from now”.

He added that negotiations are ongoing between foreign investors and other property owners on the island to further develop the hotel sector in Grenada.

Dr. Mitchell said that the issue of hotel and airline are tied together and that with the advent of the Sandals brand in Grenada, this will be a boost to the country’s ability to attract new airlines.

“With that entrance of Sandals, with the other two properties that we expect and these people have international connections, airlines are now holding discussions with these various parties because in-fact one investor who I talked about has 23,000 rooms in Europe, already has shares in major airlines, so the ability of the country to get those airlines into the country with the advent of this property owner would not be difficult,” he remarked.

There have been reports coming out of government circles that a developer has expressed interest in the Riviera property along the Grand Anse beach.

The Prime Minister refrained from disclosing the names of the potential investors on the grounds that he did not seek their permission.

Prime Minister Mitchell said that apart from these foreign investors who are looking to do business, Government will soon commence the construction of Parliament building – a project that is largely due to the efforts of the former Tillman Thomas-led Congress administration.

He also pointed to the start of the Second Phase of the Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) Agricultural Feeder Road Project, restoration of the Governor General’s residence, as well as the rebuilding of York House, which will be utilized as a Government legal complex.

The Prime Minister said that all of these projects will boost the construction industry and stimulate the Grenadian economy.

 

The importance of the yachting industry

Anita Sutton delivers the Economic Impact of Yachting on Grenada report to Tourism Minister, Alexandra Otway-Noel

Anita Sutton delivers the Economic Impact of Yachting on Grenada report to Tourism Minister, Alexandra Otway-Noel

The Yachting Industry contributes an estimated EC$130,382,053 to Grenada’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

This was the assessment made by President of the Marine and Yachting Association of Grenada (MAYAG), Anita Sutton during a ceremony held last week Wednesday at Port Louis for the official presentation of a study report on the industry to Tourism Minister, Alexandra Otway-Noel.

The study, conducted from May 2012 to April 2013, was prepared by Dr. Andre’ Vincent Henry of Trinidad and Tobago, and is geared at improving the business climate for the Sector.

According to the report, 750 jobs have been created directly from the yachting industry, with another 162 jobs indirectly making for a total impact on employment of 912 jobs.

The report noted that the tourism industry is a major contributor to the economy of Grenada with limited government investment and marketing and promotion.

It said the yachting industry in Grenada is better placed than any other country in the Caribbean to take advantage of the two major lines of business in the sector – cruising and services.

The report concluded that the most profitable segment in yacht tourism for Grenada is long-term stays.

It referred specifically to the sub-segment which appears to have the greatest potential in terms of ‘second homes’, where boat owners base and store their yachts in Grenada.

The report encouraged Grenada to take advantage of its position at the southern end of what it described as “the best cruising grounds” in the Caribbean, in order to significantly expand its share of the cruising segment.

Making note that much of the growth and development in the sector has been spontaneous, with the private sector leveraging the comparative advantages of Grenada, mainly location and topography, the Assessment recognises Government provision of a reasonable legislative framework with the enactment of the Yachting Act in 2000.

Stakeholders at the official Economic Impact of Yachting on Grenada presentation ceremony

Stakeholders at the official Economic Impact of Yachting on Grenada presentation ceremony

“At a strategic level, Government should give consideration to policies for business retention and business expansion in the sector. Efforts should be made to ensure that the plants (marinas/boatyards), and investment already on the ground are maximized, and that existing service providers are incentivized to expand and upgrade their facilities, train and up-skill their workers, and explore possibilities for improving their companies’ levels of productivity and competitiveness”, the study said.

The 72-page document outlines one of the key challenges for the Grenada yachting sector as converting the obvious comparative advantages into strategic competitive positioning.

It is estimated that Grenada loses out on an additional 8,000 to 10,000 yachts as a result of the hassles of checking in and out between the St. Vincent Grenadines islands and Grenada and its sister islands.

The study report is convinced that Grenada can better position itself to benefit from the long-term segment, especially second homes, through better marketing and promotion and building on yachting visitors overwhelmingly favourable assessment of the destination.

With regard to specific aspects of the yachting experience, visitors expressed concerns about the inconveniences and transaction costs that are associated with the clearing procedures at both Customs and Immigration.

The study recommendation is for Government to give consideration to increasing the targeted marketing and promotion of Grenada as a yachting destination, with particular emphasis as a home base for yachts.

It recommended among other things:-

*Establishing Grenada as a yacht registry;

*Urgently conclude arrangements with St. Vincent and the Grenadines for easier cruising in the Grenadines in the short term, with a view for the creation of a single yachting space in the longer term;

*Take steps to reduce the transaction and hassle costs related to checking in and checking out of Grenada;

*Ensure that existing provisions of policies, regulations and procedures are implemented transparently and evenly;

*Take steps to ensure that the future skills needs of the sector are provided, including providing incentives to the private sector to train and up-skill their employees;

*Specifically consider the needs of the yachting sector in providing airlift support.

According to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), while Grenada ranked 172 out of 181 countries in terms of the absolute size of its tourism industry, the country ranked 27th in terms of the relative contribution of tourism to the national economy.

The WTTC, in its 2012 economic impact assessment of the travel and tourism industry on the Grenadian economy, puts the direct contribution of the industry at $145 million for a 6.4 share of the country’s GDP.

When the indirect and induced contribution of the industry is added, WTTC estimated that the industry’s total contribution is almost 500 million XCD or 22% of GDP.

In 2011, the Government of Grenada identified tourism as one of the five transformational sectors of the economy and one that has the potential to propel the growth and development of the country.

Within the tourism industry in Grenada, the marine and yachting sector has been identified as “export-ready”; meaning that the physical, legislative, and regulatory infrastructure and other necessary conditions are in place for the development of an internationally competitive sector.

According to the report, the major challenge in understanding the economic impact assessment of this sector is the availability of reliable data.

“A more accurate assessment of the economic impact of Grenada’s yachting sector could not be arrived at due to serious data deficiencies,” the report said.

The ECLAC study built two models, using Government statistics and interviews with MAYAG members. A total of 232 customers responded to the survey.

Minister Otway-Noel pledged government’s support to the development of the industry and the creation of a single regional yachting space.

The five-month old Keith Mitchell-led New National Party (NNP) government in St. George’s sees an emerging yachting industry as crucial to its ambitions to build a new economy for the island.

Mahbubani reaps reward

Pavan Sean Ajay Mahbubani - the rewards always show themselves

Pavan Sean Ajay Mahbubani – the rewards always show themselves

Grenada’s 2011 Island Scholar continues to excel in his academic studies.

Pavan Sean Ajay Mahbubani graduated from Westmorland Secondary School in 2011 with 14 Grade One Subjects at the CXC Exams in Chemistry, French. Physics, Biology, Mathematics, English A, English B, Information Technology, Accounts, Business, Office Administration, History, Geography, and Social Studies.

He has now completed his two-year course of studies at the T.A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC), graduating with an overall grade point average of 4.0.

The scholar told reporters that he is awaiting the results from the Caribbean Advance Proficiency Exam (CAPE) before making future plans.

Mahbubani said his academic successes have always been a challenge as everyone around him, and even he himself expects to keep his standard high.

He indicated that it was a very rigorous two years after being successful with the 14 CXC Subjects from the Secondary School.

“It has been the very same thing here (at TAMCC) two years of very hard work coupled with support by my peers, my parents, the teachers and staff at TAMCC, and of course God for giving me the strength to be able to do all that I have done,” he said.

The TAMCC top graduating student indicated that the greatest challenge for him was a lack of motivation.

“Sometimes I could never see the end of the tunnel, so it’s like I’m doing all this work and what’s the gain from it, but in the end… the rewards always show themselves,” he said.

Mahbubani who was the Valedictorian of the Graduating Class of 2013 spoke of the encouragement and support he received from his parents.

He told the ceremony his parents encouraged him and his sister to value education.

Mahbubani received awards for being the best overall graduating student, best graduating student in the School of Arts, Science and Professional Studies, outstanding academic achievement, and business studies.

 

TAMCC facing financial constraints

Dr. Jeffrey Britton – approach the challenges with a fresh perspective

Dr. Jeffrey Britton – approach the challenges with a fresh perspective

Principal of the T.A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC), Dr. Jeffrey Britton has dropped strong hints that the lone tertiary institution on the island that has two sub-campuses is struggling to stay afloat financially.

Dr. Britton was at the time addressing the 24th Annual Graduation Ceremony of the College held last week Thursday at the national sporting stadium at Queen’s Park in St. George’s.

He said that in order to move the national institution forward there is need to respond to the existing challenges, and appropriate responses must be implemented if there is an honest divide for TAMCC to survive.

“We need to reflect and evaluate the causes and effects of the existing challenges and the purpose of the existence of the institution,” he told the large gathering which included Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell.

“It behooves all of us to ask just what is or what ought to be the role of TAMCC in our lives, and the developing of our tri-island State. This is very critical because the role we conceive for TAMCC will determine how best to manage it and what resources we should put at its disposal,” he said.

Despite having to face the economic pinch, Dr. Britton said they are proud of the progress that has been made, and remain ambitious and optimistic for the future of the island’s lone tertiary institution.

However, he reported that TAMCC has generated an income of $2.08m for the last period through tuition, service fees and projects.

The college had made representation to the former National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration of Tillman Thomas for an increase in tuition fees to help meet its annual expenses.

Dr. Britton announced that during the next academic year, TAMCC would strive to reinforce its efforts to continue to seek alternative resources.

The school Principal indicated that many colleges are now finding themselves at the mercy of tight fiscal constraints that are impacting negatively on various components of the expectation and entrenched cultures of these institutions.

Dr. Britton called for a national consultation on higher education and training for citizens because empirical data shows that investment in higher education plays a crucial role in the future prosperity of a nation.

He spoke of the college’s commitment in providing accessible, quality, high education and training opportunities thus helping the students to achieve their personal and professional goals.

According to Dr. Britton, TAMCC is proud of its history, tradition, belief and assumption.

“For us to grow and accomplish our mission, we need stakeholders and well wishers who believe in the power of higher education to propel the development of our tri-island State”, he said.