Calypsonians and former sports stars are among 55 “special achievers” who will receive a grant every month for one year, from the Ministry of the People and Social Development, in recognition of their contribution to Trinidad and Tobago.
The ministry will allocate $3.6 million to be disbursed at $300,000 each month to cover the grants to the special achievers who are recognised as citizens whose service had been exceptional and helped to lift the international profile of the country.
Minister of the People and Social Development Christine Newallo-Hosein last Friday noted that depending on the
In the past five years, Vision on Mission (VOM) has received a total of $12 million from the Government.
This was disclosed on Thursday by Minister of the People and Social Development Christine Newallo-Hosein at a cheque presentation ceremony at the ministry’s office in St Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain.
Hosein said $6.4 million was provided by the Government for VOM’s Wallerfield Reintegration and Rehabilitation Centre. In 2010, VOM received $1.2 million; in 2011, $888,000; 2012, $2 million; 2013, $1.5 million and in 2014; $748,000 for this project.
In her inaugural speech as Minister of the People and Social Development, Christine Newallo-Hosein yesterday urged staff members gathered for a convention to see their jobs as 24-hour ones, as people in need often could not afford to wait for service.
Newallo-Hosein addressed ministry employees at a staff convention held at The Anchorage in Chaguaramas, which, until Monday, would have been addressed by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, who was holding the portfolio. The convention was held under the theme, “Moving Forward, Together”.