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(Trinidad Guardian) The committee set up by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to look at the operations of the state energy company Petrotrin has asked for a six month extension to complete its first report.

The committee, which was appointed in March, was due to report to Dr Rowley on June 1 but have asked to be given until December to finish the task.

Dr Rowley said: “Petrotrin is the major state enterprise and there are so many things going wrong there. This audit is meant to identify these things and make recommendations.”

He assured that the report will be made public and Government will not be hesitate to make decisions which might be unpopular in some quarters.

The seven member committee was set up shortly after Government moved to stave off a strike at Petrotrin. It is chaired by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy Selwyn Lashley and includes two representatives from the Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU).

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