National Carnival Development Foundation (NCDF) is calling
on Culture Minister Joan Yuille-Williams to intervene in
ensuring mas men are paid their 2007 prize monies.
In a press release issued by Secretary Peter Reynald, the
organisation declared there was a disparity in dealing with
the interest groups in that pan men and calypsonians
have been paid months now.
one word has been forthcoming from the chairman of the NCC,
the CEO of the NCC, an the so-called commissioner for mas,
Mr Felix Celestine, is complacent as usual.
NCDF is calling on Minister Joan Yuille-Williams to address
the embarrassing situation. The NCDF plans to take their
affected members to the ministry in due course.
The release stated that the foundation had written Yuille-Williams
asking for Celestine to be replaced by Ulric Miller.
Celestine has done all within his ambit to frustrate bandleaders
during the parade of the bands 2006/07.
NCDF has cited abuse of authority as a contributory factor
that resulted in only three of the major Carnival bands
arriving at the major competitions in 2007. The NCDF strongly
believes he must go, added the release.