Friday, February 23, 2018

Moonilal happy with realignment

Dr Roodal Moonilal, deputy political leader of the United National Congress (UNC), Leader of Government Business in the House and Minister of Housing and the Environment, said he was satisfied with the way Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar handled her first realignment of Cabinet ministers on Saturday.

Moonilal said although he was not aware of the finalised plan, he gave Persad-Bissessar 100 per cent support and welcomed the new faces in the Cabinet.

"It is a matter within the purview of the Prime Minister and we give her 100 per cent support, knowing her objective is to deliver and ensure that goods and services reach the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago," he said.

Moonilal was speaking to the media during a walkabout at Friendship Village, San Fernando, yesterday.

"I want to compliment the Prime Minister in her handling of this matter. She engaged in discussion with every single person, unlike former leaders, and discussed with everyone her intention, her objective and her challenges and I think everybody left feeling good that they were part and parcel of the process," he said.

Moonilal said ministers expressed mixed feelings at the meeting which was held at the Diplomatic Centre in St Ann's.

"Persons were in office for one year and one is never sure what is happening when these events occur. But everyone was generally very pleasant and people were sitting down and talking and making jokes and enjoying the moment. Many members, including myself, were waiting because the Prime Minister was speaking to members on a one on one basis. There was camaraderie, notwithstanding the obvious challenges that the event posed," he said.

The consultations, he said, ended around 9 p.m.