TT – Chairman of the National Carnival Commission (NCC) Winston “Gypsy” Peters said yes, his body has signed an agreement with Pan Trinbago, but denies it has taken control of the pan organisation.
He said similar arrangements are being worked out with the other Carnival interest groups, the National Carnival Bands Association (NCBA) and the TT Unified Calypsonians Organisation (TUCO).
Peters warned that there would be realignment and cost-cutting in accordance with the NCC’s mandate to look after Carnival affairs on behalf of the government and for these interest groups to account for the people’s money, especially at a time when resources are scarce.
He said salaries for Pan Trinbago amounted to over $400,000 a month because the organisation has offices “all over the country,” and this would have to change.
Peters was responding to media reports that the NCC had taken control of the pan body and that a memorandum of understanding to this effect was signed on Tuesday with Pan Trinbago’s president Keith Diaz and treasurer Andrew Salvador. A social media post alleged that secretary Richard Forteau opposed the arrangement and refused to sign.