Two Occupational and Safety (OSH) officers visited the Immigration Office, at Frederick Street, Port of Spain, around 2.30 p.m. yesterday to examine the extent of the work undertaken by UdeCOTT to address health and safety issues.
An Immigration officer also said while they did not accept any drop box applications yesterday, a few passports were given to satisfied members of the public.
The officer said: “UdeCOTT worked on the building over the weekend, so they are coming to see what work was done. We did not do the drop box applications today, because we don’t have the full complement of staff. We have more people in the waiting room. We gave out a few passports though.”
There are however still irate citizens trying to get their passports.
Pacing outside Immigration Office, Beverly Hills, Laventille resident Lenny Brewster said: “I did not get my wife’s (Marlene Jennings) passport. I have to come back. I was planning to take her to London.”
Brewster, who produces a traditional mas gorilla band, said he was heading to London to conduct workshops. Then he was going to play mas in Tobago, for its Heritage celebrations.
Pushing open the doors, veteran calypsonian Andrew Marcano (Lord Superior) said he was checking upon his son’s passport.
In a jiffy, Marcano, sporting his trademark black hat, emerged saying he had to “come back again”.
Laventille resident Josephine Odle said she was disappointed at the lack of non-renewals. She said: “I have the forms. It’s just to drop it off. I have the $250. What is the problem?”
Propped upon a cane, Woodbrook resident Kenneth Chin, 90, said: “I have to get my passport to go to Canada with my son. My wife died and I had surgery. So I have to go with him. I have to come back this afternoon.”