CEPEP Company Limited responds to Guardian articles

The Board of Directors along with the Management of the CEPEP Company Limited notes with great disappointment the front page headline entitled “CEPEP $$ Scandal” and article entitled “Money flowing at CEPEP” published today in the Trinidad Guardian.

The CEPEP Company Limited was established via Cabinet Note in 2006 to manage the Community-Based Environmental Protection and Enhancement (CEPEP) Programme which commenced in 2002 and since that time has provided over eighty-five thousands (85,000) citizens with employment through over eight hundred (800) contractors that provide services to the CEPEP Company Limited.

Today the Company is unfortunately compelled to respond to these misleading and false allegations published by the Guardian newspaper both in print and online media. The report is malicious and defamatory in nature and it is the second in a series of articles published by the Guardian Editor, which alleges mismanagement by the Company and attempts to sully the character of not only the Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Keith Eddy but also the Corporate Secretary, Ms. Nicole Gopaulsingh Attorney-at-law and line Minister, Senator the Honourable Kazim Hosein.

The CEPEP Board of Directors approved salary increases in November of the year 2019 and is currently awaiting the approval of the HR committee and the Chief Personnel Officer (CPO). The CEO and the Corporate Secretary have NOT received any increase in salary and therefore call on the Guardian newspaper to exercise responsible journalism before publishing such inflammatory information.

 

September 6th, 2020 

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