While customers of TSTT whose information was leaked onto the public domain as a result of a recent cyberattack may feel vindicated by the recent removal of TSTT CEO Lisa Agard, Oropouche West MP Dave Tancoo says that although this may seem a step in the right direction, it is not enough.
Tancoo says that even though the outcome of the cyber-terrorists’ actions cannot be reversed, the removal of the company’s CEO is not enough and the Minister of Public Utilities must, as promised, release the report which forms the basis on which TSTT took action. Further, Tancoo believes that the entire Board of Directors of TSTT must tender their resignations forthwith, as they are part and parcel of the executive that failed to prevent the exposure of TSTT’s customers private data.
MP Tancoo, who is also Chairman of the Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee says, “This is just a very small step in the right direction, but it is a far cry from proper accountability, as there have been several recent instances of grave financial misappropriation, deliberately overlooked by this Government and covered up through distraction. Let us not forget the $400 Million debt incurred through the reckless investment by two years ago by the National Gas Company (NGC) into Atlantic LNG Train 1 ($200 million) and the Beachfield project ($200 million).”
According to Tancoo, “Our citizens, who are the ultimate shareholders of NGC, should have taken great personal offense at the flippant response by NGC’s President Mark Loquan and the feeble cover up by then Chairman Conrad Enil, who not only failed to apologize to the taxpayers, but even attempted to rubbish investigative reports revealing the Government’s $400 million blunder. There is no excuse or blame that this PNM Government could ever find to remove the stain of that $400 million that they have defrauded taxpayers of Trinidad and Tobago, with no one being held accountable for it.”
As a consequence of Ms. Agard’s removal and replacement, MP Tancoo calls on Minister Marvin Gonzales to deliver on his promise to make the report publicly available, without delay.