TT – New Pan Trinbago president Beverly Ramsey-Moore didn’t have an easy time on her first day at the beleaguered organisation, but she dealt with matters arising with maturity and a view of the long haul she faces in bringing the pan body back to prominence and effective leadership.
The recent history of the representative body for steelbands and their membership has had a particularly difficult time in the last two years and much of that turbulence has been the result of troubled management and sketchy finances.
In April, immediate past president of Pan Trinbago Keith Diaz took the extraordinary step of shutting down the organisation’s offices for, as he put it, “security reasons. The picture Diaz painted then was one of disorganisation, executive in-fighting and a lack of shared vision at the leadership level. On May 18, Pan Trinbago hit a nadir when police were called to bring order to a clash between panmen and the executive after frustrated players demanded answers about its finances. The National Carnival Commission (NCC) has placed payments on hold to Pan Trinbago awaiting clarity on its finances and debts that exceed the outstanding allocation by millions of dollars.