Sunday, January 21, 2018

Board members: Talk to chairman

 The Sunday Express attempted to contact past and current board members whose names were mentioned in correspondences expressing concern over decisions made without their input.

Ruthven Goodard was contacted at 10.15 a.m. on Thursday and asked about decisions made without input from the board regarding security and appointment matters.

He said: “What happened, we made a policy. Anything to do with the AATT board must be made by the chairman. I cannot answer anything. Anything to do with board decision, you need to talk to the chairman at that time.”

Maria Gonsalves was contacted at 11 a.m. last Thursday and the questions posed to her .

She said: “I will not comment on those matters. We (the board) will need to have a meeting to discuss these matters and respond accordingly. I cannot give a comment to the media.”

Judith Baliram-Ramoutar was contacted at 11.15 a.m. the same day and asked similar questions. 

She said: “I don’t know anything about the SAS proposal. I don’t know what you are speaking about.”

The Sunday Express pointed out to Baliram-Ramoutar that her signature on a document obtained showed her not approving the “Outsourcing of certain security functions at the AATT”.

She said: “You will have to speak with the chairman, I cannot comment on anything.”

At 3.10 p.m., former deputy chairman Kurt Ajodha was contacted and asked about decisions made without board approval with regard to security. He said: “I wish to distance myself from anything dealing with security or consultants at the AATT, that matter is best discussed with Mr Hadeed.”

Probed further on the appointments made at AATT during his tenure, Ajodha said: “I left the AATT a while now and I really don’t want to comment on anything regarding the AATT,” he said, and disconnected the call.

Susan Charles-Sylvester was contacted at 9.27 a.m. on Friday and said: “I do not have the documentation in front of me and therefore I cannot comment.”

Efforts to contact Premchand Sahadeo, Carlisle Marks and Rishi Mahadeo were unsuccessful. Messages left were not answered.