Chairman of the state-owned national airlines, Caribbean Airlines (CAL), George Nicholas III has resigned with immediate effective, less than 24 hours after Transport Minister Devant Maharaj was critical of his performance on television.
Nicholas tendered his resignation to Finance Minister Winston Dookeran, instead of Maharaj, his line minister.
In his letter, Nicholas made reference to Maharaj’s statement on television that the CAL chairman was among some state board chairmen whom he would give a five out of 10 for performance.
Maharaj acknowledged that he had been informed of Nicholas’s resignation, but said that the letter had been sent to Dookeran, the corporation sole.
Last August, Nicholas resigned after serving for only ten months. Although he gave no reason then for his decision, there had been much speculation that it was due to a decision by Government to scrutinize every major purchase by the airline may have triggered his resignation. (CMC)