Ancil Dennis

Over the past year, the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) spent $56 million to relieve the effects of COVID-19 on Tobagonians and stimulate the economy.

The THA will give an additional $25 million in support and contract workers will begin to work on a rotational basis from today. This is according to Chief Secretary Ancil Dennis at the post-Executive Council media briefing yesterday.

“Over the past year, we have spent $56 million in support to businesses and individuals to ensure they are able to survive during this period,” Dennis said.

Giving a breakdown of the figures, he said $9 million was spent on electronic devices for children; $6 million in rental support; $10 million on food cards, hampers, and vouchers; $18 million on upgrading properties in the tourism sector, and $13 million on small and micro-entrepreneurs.

Dennis said the THA pledges further assistance.

“As Chief Secretary, I want to commit to the people of Tobago that we will continue to do our part, of course, collectively as a body and even as individuals. Another $25 million will be identified to continue to give that kind of assistance to the people of Tobago.”

He said Tobagonains are also receiving additional financial support from businesses, and some Assemblymen.

“Me, along with my other colleagues, we are prepared to continue to give from our personal resources to continue to assist our constituents and Tobagonians generally.

“I want to thank private citizens as well.”

He said the government is doing its part to preserve lives and balance economic activity. To this end, essential contracted employees will begin working on rotation.