Secretary for Health, Wellness and Family Development Dr Agatha Carrington has hinted at her exit from the Tobago House of Assembly (THA).
At yesterday’s the Post Executive Council news conference, she gave an account of her stewardship over the past three years.
There had been calls for her to resign the position due to poor management. There was also a petition with more than 3,000 signatures, but Chief Secretary Kelvin Charles ignored the numerous requests.
However, with the change of leadership in the People’s National Movement (PNM) Tobago Council, Charles will step down as Chief Secretary by the end of April this year while newly elected political leader Tracy Davidson-Celestine will be sworn in as a councillor on March 1.
The majority body in the THA is allowed three councillors, so automatically one of the three will be sacked.
Secretary for Tourism, Culture and Transportation Nadine Stewart-Phillips, Secretary for the Division of Infrastructure, Quarries and the Environment Kwesi Des Vignes and Dr Carrington are currently councillors.
Although Davidson-Celestine said there will be consultations to discuss the new councillors, sources said Stewart-Phillips will be the first to be sent packing, as Davidson-Celestine has experience in tourism. Guardian Media also understands that former THA Presiding Officer Dr Denise Tsoiafatt-Angus, who supported Davidson-Celestine in the runoff round of the internal elections, will be sworn in as a councillor, while newly elected Deputy Chairman and former THA Councillor Deon Isaac is also being touted.
Carrington said with the knowledge that there will be changes to councillors in the THA, she has no problem resigning
“I don’t expect to serve my entire term, I don’t expect that, but let me just say that we come from different places. I sat in another place the day before I came here. I am a consummate professional, I am well trained in my area and I can work in any area that I am called to do, so I have no difficulty in terms of that.
“So there are three councillors and if I am asked directly whether or if I have to resign, I have no difficulty in doing so,” she said.
Asked to grade her performance as Secretary for Health, Dr Carrington said: “I rate myself 8.5. I have not been able to do some of the things that I wanted to have done in the time, but there will not be time to do so.”
She praised Chief Secretary Charles, who announced that he will be stepping down from the post, declaring that his leadership had derived positive results. She said she would continue to give him her support.
“If the Chief Secretary in his informed view felt that the circumstances are such that he must resign, it is his prerogative so to do. I have worked with the Chief Secretary for the past three years, a person and human being in whom we are well pleased and I am well pleased and will continue to support him through whichever situation and circumstance that he is going through,” Carrington said.
“On a scale of one to ten, 8.5, 8.75, 9. Our results that we have declared and the results that we have achieved are in part—are in a large part—based on his leadership.”