(Trinidad Express) Former Prisons commissioner John Rougier will be appointed as chairman of the deportee task force.
Minister of the People Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh told the Express on Wednesday Rougier will head the team, which will be implementing a plan of action from early next year, aimed at assisting persons who were deported to Trinidad and Tobago from other countries.
Ramadharsingh said former chairman William Latchman, who died earlier this year, delivered sterling service during his tenure and will be honoured for his dedicated service.
Latchman died on the job some two months ago when he suffered a heart attack while in attendance at a stakeholder discussion on deportees.
“He worked very hard; he was a great person and gave sterling service to the ministry in this regard,” said Ramadharsingh.
The minister said the number of persons being deported from First World countries like the United States and United Kingdom was a major challenge which the Caribbean region faces because of new immigration laws and (US) Homeland Security initiatives.