Army Reserves benefit from T&TEC’s Lighting Programme

Chief of Defence Staff, Commodore Hayden Pritchard (left centre) shakes hands with the Minister of Public Utilities, Senator the Honourable Robert Le Hunte (right centre) after unveiling the commemorative plaque at the illumination ceremony of the Defence Force Reserves Playing Field. Also present (L-R) Mr. Anthony Bartholomew, Technical Advisor to the Minister of Public Utilities, Mr. Keith Sirju, Chairman of T&TEC, Colonel Colin Mitchell, Commanding Officer of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force and Mr. Kelvin Ramsook, General Manager of T&TEC.

The Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force Reserves have become the latest beneficiaries of T&TEC’s on-going public lighting programme.

In commissioning the new facilities Thursday evening, Public Utilities Minister Senator Robert le Hunte, noted there are many benefits to be derived from the provision of such facilities at communities across the country where T&TEC has undertaken similar projects.

Citing the Defence Force Reserves are one such community, the Minister noted that countries are built from the ground up and when communities are empowered and given the tools to participate in their own development, the country as a whole benefits.

Minister Le Hunte urged the Defence Force Reserves to use the facilities wisely, he encouraged them to practice conservation of energy when the lights are not in use, and to protect them from misuse and vandalism.

T&TEC’s Chairman Keith Sirju, said the project represents just one of the many in being undertaken by T&TEC in the north Western peninsula. He said the Utility is on an aggressive programme to remove old poles and clear transmission lines in the area. He added, T&TEC has also recently launched its mobile phone application and e-billing service, as two mechanisms aimed at improving customer service.

Chief of Defence Staff, Commodore Hayden Pritchard, speaking on behalf of National Security Minister Edmund Dillon, thanked the Minister and T&TEC for bringing the illumination project to fruition.

He said the addition of light to the facility will afford the Defence Force Reserves more available hours for training and recreation, that will enhance community, organizational and youth development. He added, it also means many more communities and organizations could be invited to use the facilities for their events.

The ground is the fourth largest facility to benefit from T&TEC’s Public Lighting Programme. Over 370 projects throughout the country have so far been completed by the Utility.



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