TOBAGO Development Minister Dr Delmon Baker has renewed his call for a forensic audit of the accounts of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA).
"The THA must account for every cent of money spent on the ground in Tobago," he said.
He was continuing his contribution to debate on the national budget 2012/2013 yesterday in the Lower House, International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain.
He said over the past 12 years the allocation to Tobago has been to the tune of $20 billion but the THA had not sufficiently accounted for these funds.
He noted a number of projects were delayed and over-budget like the Scarborough Library, which was supposed to be completed in 2004.
He said the costs has escalated from $19 million to more than $100 million, and the Financial Complex in Canaan has gone from $22 million to $106 million.
"Project after project in Tobago not finishing on time and costing the taxpayers significantly more than they had planned to spend on those projects," he said.
Baker noted that the Auditor General had indicated something was wrong with the accounting system of the THA, including documents not being submitted.
He said one questionable transaction was a $400,000 parcel of land for which no title or deed was produced.
He reiterated his call for the PNM to call an election in Tobago saying the Tobago Organisation of the People was "ready any day".
Baker, the Tobago West MP, said despite Opposition claims that the allocation to Tobago had been reduced in this budget, the THA had received the 4.03 per cent as required.
He said for the past two-and-a-half years the THA has resisted providing services to the people of the island.
He said the THA, due to its "PNM arrogance", had rejected $800,000 approved by Cabinet for Speyside, Castara and Parlatuvier in Tobago to develop new business ideas and assistance from the Education Minister with Tobago schools.