EDWARD MOODIE, consultant with the National Infrastructure Development Company (Nidco), has copied an e-mail to Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar complaining about his new job and job location.
The e-mail was addressed to Joseph Sam Phillips, coordinator, Utilities, Abandon Building, Esperance, where Moodie has his new office. Phillips also received a hand-written letter yesterday afternoon.
The office is located at the former home of Prem Ramnarine, who relocated after highway works began nearby. The building now belongs to Nidco.
Moodie was transferred to act as a community consultant for the proposed San Fernando to Princes Town highway project, after he led a protest last week in which residents living in the path of the highway blockaded roads between Penal and South Oropouche to protest for fair compensation before relocation.
He was previously a consultant for the San Fernando to Point Fortin highway.
Moodie is also the president of the Debe to Point Fortin Highway Action Committee.
His new office has no kitchen appliances or utensils, no safety equipment, filing cabinets, maps, filing trays or other accessories, internet access, or security guards, Moodie said.
He said the lighting was also poor, the building was musty and unkempt and there was garbage at the back of the building. He also does not have a key to the office.
Moodie wrote: “Why was this building abandoned in the first place? It is because of the unsafe conditions that Prem Ramnarine was exposed to?
Nidco saw it fit to acquire this property and yet still you find it justified to set up an office at this location. I am being transferred from a well-fitted outreach office in Debe to this unsafe slum. I find it most disrespectful that Nidco would resort to this level of insult.”
He said the building was not located near to the people and was in no way connected to Princes Town.
He also said the August 30 deadline for him to submit a proposal addressing an “effective public plan” for the proposed Princes Town highway was not feasible and the proposal should take at least three months to be completed.
Nidco’s communications officer Ingrid Ishmael could not be contacted for comment yesterday.