Published on Jun 8, 2016, 12:06 pm AST
Updated on Jun 8, 2016, 5:18 pm AST
By Ria Taitt
temporary senator: Pastor Clive Dottin
Seventh day adventist pastor, Clive Dottin was yesterday sworn in as a temporary senator. Dottin, a former member of the Police Service Commission, has been an outspoken commentator on the issue of crime. He acted for Paul Richards.
Albert Sydney was also appointed a temporary independent senator, replacing Ian Roach who was ill.
The President’s last temporary selection, Dr Kriyaan Singh, who had been appointed two weeks ago, provoked tremendous criticism about his (President’s) judgement.
Meanwhile the Senate paid tribute to former Independent Senator, the late Clive Spencer, who served during the 1966-71 Parliament.
Government leader Franklin Khan said the country was far losing an entire generations of its immediate post-Independent leaders. “This was the era when country was put before self and in a very serious way we have lost our moorings as a nation when it comes to that and there is a lot that we can learn if we study the lives and accomplishments of the people who led this country during the 1960s and 1970s,” Khan said.
He said Spencer spanned the entire spectrum of the Port Authority, serving as President of the SWWTU, Chief Executive Officer of the Port and Chairman later on. He was instrumental in the formation of the National Insurance Scheme and the now defunct Workers Bank, Khan noted.
Opposition Senator Wade Mark said there was an increase in productivity on the Port during his period of service at the Port. He said Spencer was a man of the people and involved workers in the decision making process as a labour leader and manager. He said Spencer was fearless, motivated, honest, independent and hard-working. He led from the front and was never arrogant in dealing with people, Mark stated.
Independent Senator Dhanashayar Mahabir recalled that Spence served on the Committees which led to the establishment of Ciprani Labour College and the Committee for the National Awards. Mahabir said the Parliament had lost a pioneer, “someone who made a noble and distinguished contribution to public service”.