Calder Hart has resigned from Udecott and all other state boards in Trinidad and Tobago.
ALMOST two years after allegations of corruption were first made against him, Calder Hart yesterday resigned as the Udecott executive chairman and as the chairman of four other state boards he had been appointed to under Prime Minister Patrick Manning’s administration.
Rowley: Other board members must go
Following a call for his resignation by Prime Minister Patrick Manning, Urban Develepment Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago (UDeCOTT) Executive Chairman Calder Hart resigned yesterday with immediate effect. In a statement issued yesterday Hart also announced that he had tendered his resignation with respect to all State boards to which he has been appointed including NIB, TTMF, NIPDEC and HMB.
UDECOTT head given 24 hours to resign
The executive chairman of the Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago (Udecott) Calder Hart was given 24 hours to resign. The directive, Sunday Guardian learnt from a close relative, came from the hierarchy of the People’s National Movement (PNM).
Udecott failed case costs $7.5M
UDECOTT’s failed attempt to challenge the proceedings of the Uff Commission of Inquiry has cost taxpayers $7.5 million, legal sources close to the company yesterday estimated.
Rowley: It’s just the beginning
DIEGO MARTIN West MP Dr Keith Rowley, who was sacked from Cabinet in April 2008 after he raised questions about the management of the then Calder Hart-led Udecott, yesterday claimed vindication in the wake of Hart’s resignation.
Rowley: It’s not the end
“I don’t think this is the end of it. This is the end of the beginning.” These were the words of Diego Martin West MP Dr Keith Rowley last night, on hearing of the resignation, yesterday, of Calder Hart.
Rowley: Other board members must go too
Other members of the board must go, said Diego Martin West MP Dr Keith Rowley yesterday as he reacted to the resignation of Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago (UDeCOTT) Chairman Calder Hart.
‘Govt should have complied with Speaker’s request’
Diego Martin West MP Dr Keith Rowley stated yesterday that the debate on (former) the UDeCOTT chairman Calder Hart affair on the House of Representatives on Friday should never have come down to the UNC vote.
Kamla calls for full-fledged probe
UNITED NATIONAL CONGRESS (UNC) Political Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday again called for the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Commissioner of Police to launch an investigation into all allegations against Calder Hart, chairman of UDeCOTT.
Ramesh urges more resignations
Hard on the heels of the resignation of Calder Hart, Tabaquite MP Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj is calling on Prime Minister Patrick Manning and the entire Udecott board to step down.
And now, the Uff report
It’s rare, if not unprecedented, for a commission of enquiry to have travelled the complicated route that the Uff Commission has, in conducting its investigations and compiling references for its report on the Trinidad and Tobago construction industry. The commission was assembled in 2008 with a mandate to investigate issues arising from the boom in local construction over the last ten years, with an emphasis on reviewing the methods being used to initiate large-scale construction contracts, the quality of delivery, and the transparency of the processes in use in Trinidad and Tobago. Along the way to the commission’s first sittings, other matters were tacked on to the inquiry process, most notably the review of the Cleaver Heights contract and delivery process.
Ramadar: Manning must resign
Deputy Political Leader of the Congress of the People Prakash Ramadar is now calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Patrick Manning. This follows the resignation of Udecott’s chairman Calder Hart yesterday. Ramadar, in a phone interview, said, “The Prime Minister must resign. He has protected Hart at the cost of having the country suffer the suspicions of corruption at the highest levels.” Ramadar also said Hart and his cohorts must be brought under the “full force of the law.” He added, “They must begin a criminal and forensic investigation into the workings of Udecott. (AL)