Opposition leader questions road expenditure
The leader of the Parliamentary Opposition, Robert Corbin, will be seeking answers to several questions in the next sitting of the house as it relates to roads expenditure.
According to Corbin, the questions are being proffered since millions of dollars are expended annually for the maintenance of the East Bank Berbice Road, from Stanleytown to Mara, and the said road is constantly in a deplorable state, causing severe difficulties and inconvenience to residents and road-users, forcing them to regularly engage in protest activity over their neglected conditions.
He is seeking to find out just how much money has been spent annually for the past 10 years, namely between 1998 and 2008, for the maintenance of the East Bank Berbice Road.
He is also seeking to have the Minister of Works and Transportation and the Minister of Local Government identify the specifics of the allocated expenditure by the respective year, indicating the amounts that were spent; the sections of the road maintained with the approved expenditure; the name/s of the contractor/s involved; and, whether there were satisfactory completion certificates issued at the end of each job and by whom were they signed.
Corbin is also seeking to find out whether it would not make economic sense and reflect more prudent use of the nations’ financial resources if, instead of the piecemeal maintenance approach to the East Bank Berbice Road, a comprehensive road building project is implemented even if such a project is phased over a few years.
The opposition leader is also seeking to find out how much money was allocated for maintenance of the road for 2009; what has been spent to date and works completed for that sum.
He is also inquiring, “how soon does the government plan to address the immediate problem of the present deplorable state of the road as emphasised by residents in their recent demonstrations?”