TT – With the preliminary round of Panorama set for January 22 (Single Pan), one week from today, managers of steel bands were on Saturday hoping that pannists would come out to practice for the competition.
Members of the Executive of Pan Trinbago’s Tobago Region met last Thursday to discuss the implications of the announcement by Pan Trinbago’s President Beverley Ramsey Moore that the organisation could not afford to pay pannists a stipend this year with the Government allocation being reduced from $30 million to $20 million this year
Payment of $1,000 stipends for 2018 are still outstanding.
Salisha James, Chairman of Pan Trinbago -Tobago declined to give details of last Thursday meeting.
Sources said however, the consensus among the managers was that players should be remunerated as a means of motivating them to come out and play.
“We understand Pan Trinbago’s position but as an executive, we are trying to see what we can do to assist pan,” said a source.
“The call, asking bands to engage in activities towards revenue generation is understandable, but with such a short period, that is impossible,” the source added.