Fire Paria’s Board – Paray

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By Sue-Ann Wayow

THE board of directors of state-owned Paria Fuel Trading Company must be removed immediately. 

This call comes from Member of Parliament for Mayaro Rushton Paray following the public release of the report from the Commission of Enquiry (CoE) mandated to investigate the circumstances surrounding the deaths of the four underwater divers in February 2022.

In a media release, Paray said, “The Commission’s findings have exposed severe lapses in duty and glaring incompetence within the Board and senior executive management of Paria Fuel Trading Company. 

 “The government’s foremost responsibility now is the prompt removal of directors, irrespective of their political affiliations. Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley must not use the ongoing investigation by the Director of Public Prosecutions as a shield, recognizing the eroded public trust in Paria’s administration since the tragic industrial accident claimed innocent lives.”

The CoE report listed 52 recommendations including that Paria Fuel Trading Company be charged with corporate manslaughter. 

Paray, the Opposition’s Shadow Minister of Trade and Industry urged Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to publicly commit to the expeditious implementation of all the recommendations listed. 

“The industrial accident and subsequent loss of lives have left an indelible stain on the nation’s industrial landscape, warranting the immediate removal of Paria’s corporate leadership,” he said. 

Paray added, “The public expects and deserves a swift response from the Government and Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley must act promptly to restore confidence and rectify the alarming state of affairs.”

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