(Trinidad Guardian) Gang leaders and rogue elements have been extorting money from Ministry of Works and Transport contractors, stalling several road projects across the country.

In some cases, contractors who refuse to give into the illegal demands of gang leaders and their members are being threatened, causing them to abandon their projects.

So far, one contractor has terminated his contract because of fear. There are those who cave in to the demands and pay a coward tax.

It is an issue Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan admits has been ongoing for some time and that he said he intends to stamp out.

“There are some rogue elements who are threatening the contractors. And it is happening all over Trinidad. It has been happening for a while now,” Sinanan said yesterday.

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