A Partnership For National Unity (APNU) has expressed concern over the remarks made by government that it was the Opposition with its one seat majority, that stymied growth in the economy in 2013 by being unsupportive, un-cooperative and opposing projects intended to benefit Guyana.
Leader of APNU David Granger expressed that the actions that his party took are consistent with the role that they have in the National Assembly, a role which Granger posits is to “bring executive action under scrutiny, to insist on Ministerial accountability and to assert the authority of the National Assembly… so the action we took actually prevented a governmental disaster. I think if we had gone ahead with the Amaila Project without the careful scrutiny that we exercised, we would’ve had the same problems GuySuco has now of having a dead factory on our hands.”
Elaborating further on GuySuco was Member of Parliament and Shadow Minister of Agriculture Dr. Rupert Roopnarine who stressed that APNU has been calling time and time again for a strategic inquiry into the GuySuco debacle. “The fact of the matter is I think we have also called from time to time and we intend to call more forcefully this time for some kind of Commission of Inquiry (COI) or Special Parliamentary Committee because there must be an inquiry into the condition of GuySuco, how has it reached to its present position and how are we going to get beyond it?”
According to Dr. Roopnarine, one can no longer be talking about another five year strategic or a turnaround plan “what we need is to see where GuySuco is going to be in 20 years time, we need a serious strategic consideration of the development of GuySuco, but this we are not seeing.”
APNU’s leader said that with respect to the Amaila Falls project, questions were asked and he feels that the position that his party took was vindicated. “Similarly with the position we took on other projects, we asked where the money is coming from, we asked for due diligence, we asked for more information. So I don’t think we have blocked development, we have given Guyanese people the assurance that whatever development takes place will be done in a transparent manner.., that is our Parliamentary role and I think we have done very well, we have held the Ministers accountable and they are learning to accept that when they go to the National Assembly they must speak the truth.”
Granger expressed that they (government Ministers) know the consequences of not speaking the truth adding that competence must be expected as well. Reference was made to Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee and the security situation.Look at what the government is reporting about the rise in crimes Mr. Rohee has been there for over seven years and right now we have three murders a week and this is the same level of murder as 2004 during the so called troubles when fineman was alive and killing.”
“So when we take action in the National Assembly it is considered action because we have considered the consequences, we’ve studied, we’ve received advice, we met as a shadow Cabinet and considered the certain course and it’s an informed decision we take. We are not malicious, we are not spiteful or vengeful; we make sure that the Guyanese people get value for money and this has not been happening on many of the projects the government has been embarking on, that’s why we brought those projects… particularly infrastructural projects under scrutiny” Said Granger.
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