Pleased about investigation into corruption at GGMC
I am pleased to see that government by extension the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment has sought international support to address corruption and other illegally activities within the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission.
The article published by the Kaieteur News edition of June 23, 2012 stated that support has been sought from Canadian Law enforcement collaborating with the Guyana Police Force to investigate a fraud. Mr. Editor, this is the type of initiative that is needed to return credibility to government ministries and other agencies that has gone wayward.
For too long the GGMC and the mining sector has been neglected and left unmanaged which has cast aspersions of officers’ credibility and this new type of support is necessary to improve the performance of the commission and integrity of its officers, particularly field officers.
I have been following the news attentively as it relates to mining sector and I can unequivocally state that miners and the industry as a whole is pleased with new appointments and other transformational changes being spearheaded by the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment to improve services to the mining sector.
Further, I do hope that the investigation will bring to light revelations that will ultimately improve the operation of the Commission that needs to prepare for the many challenges that the increased price for gold will bring.
Finally I end with saying that Change is not always easy, but is necessary for survival in a competitive global environment that we all conduct our daily activities and live.
I therefore commend Minister Robert Persaud and the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment for their actions will contribute positively to transform the mining sector and sustainably manage of our natural resources.