Last weekend, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and his wife spent it at a resort in Sans Souci.
This weekend, he is spending it in Barbados, which according to the Office of the Prime Minister, Rowley is paying for this trip.
As he leaves for Barbados, Rowley has issued a short statement on the termination of the contract for the Ocean Flower 2 vessel.
The Port Authority terminated the contract on Tuesday, saying the vessel had not met its deadline of arrival.
The following is Rowley’s statement:
“The unsuccessful attempt to find a replacement passenger ferry is a matter of great disappointment to me and I am sure the majority of Tobagonians who rely on this service for their comfort and livelihood.
“I understand the efforts made by those charged with the responsibility and the particular difficulties which they faced in the process at the time when the port sought a vessel which we all anticipated would have been on the route by this time.
“In order to bring relief to those citizens who rely on this very vital inter island service I appeal to all those on the job of this assignment to redouble the efforts, without compromising principles and within all contractual safeguards to ensure that an acceptable service is restored at the earliest opportunity.
“Once again I apologize to the affected citizens, particularly the people of Tobago, for whom the service is more of a life line.
Please be assured that the Government is not unmindful of your plight and is currently engaged in making all reasonable efforts to remedy the situation in the short term.”