May 31, 2013 News Comments Off on Region Four RDC wants REO dismissed
Region Four Democratic Council (RDC) has written to Minister of Local Government Minister, Ganga Persaud seeking the dismissal of the Regional Executive Officer (REO) because of the failure or refusal to carry out decisions and orders of the Council.
According to Clement Corlette, Region Four Chairman during an interview with the media yesterday, this decision was taken at a recent Statutory Meeting. Even though, the Council no longer has confidence in the Government-appointed REO, the final decision to dismiss the official lies with Persaud.
However, the Council hopes that the Minister would comply with their request in the interest of the Region’s development.
A copy of the minutes of the Statutory Meeting stated, “…Deolall Rooplall as the Clerk/ Regional Executive Officer has over the period February 3, 2012 to now repeatedly omitted/ refused to carry out decisions of the Council much to the disapproval of the Council which was made known to him at a Special Regional Democratic Council meeting on 11th February 2013.”
Highlighting several instances where the REO did not carry out instructions, Corlette said that the REO failed to account to the RDC for over $126M in savings on a 2012 approved work plan. “And refusal to provide details on what the savings were eventually used for,” Corlette said.
He added that in 2012 the Council was given money to purchase two vehicles. The REO was tasked with purchasing the vehicles. Instead of registering it under the RDC, it was registered under the Ministry of Local Government.
According to Corlette, in response to this act, Deolall said he needed a letter to have tax waivers for the vehicles and so he approached the Ministry for assistance, hence the status of the registration. The Chairman said that such a letter could have been uplifted from the Council.
This transaction puts the Council in an embarrassing spot to answer for its parliamentary allocation of funds. Corlette said the REO was requested to rectify the situation. In addition, the REO would have to answer to the Public Accounts Committee of the National Assembly, how the money was expended.
Another matter of contention is the persistent failure to submit a plan to repair broken school furniture outstanding since May 2012. Corlette stated that there were many pieces of furniture in a school that needed repairing. The RDC had decided to give the project to one of the Technical Institutes and the REO was informed. However, the REO gave the project to a contractor, without the RDC’s knowledge.
The Chairman also accused the REO of suppressing officers who are in charge of different departments. (Keeran Danny)
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