It came as no surprise that businessman Rohan Sinanan found his way into the Cabinet of Dr Keith Rowley.
What was surprising was that he was given the portfolio of Minister of Works and Transport.
This is a mega Ministry with plenty contracts for road repairs, construction of bridges, the building of highways, as well as all forms of transport, land, sea and air.
Political observers have already indicated that they will be keeping their eyes on Sinanan as he picks up his new job on Tuesday.
Asked how he felt with his appointment, Sinanan said he was surprised, but he remains humbled.
He said, ““Under the leadership of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and under my watch at the Ministry of Works no money will be stolen.”
He said he would ensure public funds are well accounted for and the process of awarding of contracts is transparent and fair.
Sinanan also stated he intended to get things done at the ministry.
“I intend to hit the road running and make sure that we achieve the policies and plans of the Government,” he said.
He said if one looked at the PNM manifesto the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure has a lot of projects.
“I intend to carry out all these projects on time and within budget. And I am sure that this (the projects) will stimulate the economy a lot.
“I am sure that the population is a bit anxious to see things happening,” he said.
Asked how he planned to execute projects in the face of the economic circumstances, Sinanan said revenue would always be a challenge. “We have to prioritise and I can tell you one thing I am good at is getting more from less,” he said.
On the issue of transport, Sinanan said he intended to work with the technocrats at the ministry to ensure that no part of his ministry is left behind.
Sinanan said he was “humbled and honoured” that the Prime Minister had the confidence in him to assign him responsibility for one of the bigger ministries in Trinidad and Tobago.