Former Labour Minister of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) administration, Dr. Nanda Gopaul, is likely to head a major multi-million-dollar city project for the government.
The project, estimated to be over US$20M, would entail the development of D’Urban Park, which once boasted a race course.
The park, overgrown with bush for years, is located east of the 1763 Monument. Government officials yesterday disclosed that indeed talks had been ongoing with Gopaul, but details are still being worked out.
The former Minister yesterday said that he would neither admit nor confirm anything about the project or the talks.
However, this newspaper was told that the project is part of the bigger beautification plan for Georgetown. One of the ideas being mulled is a place to honour past Presidents of Guyana in the park.
This would include busts (or sculptures) in a garden-like atmosphere, among other things.
The consideration of Gopaul for a possible post has been swirling in the media for some time now since the David Granger administration took office in May following general elections.
Dr. Gopaul, in addition to being the former Minister of Labour, was a Permanent Secretary of the Office of the President and a leader of the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE), a key union that has sugar workers as part of its membership.
He was also the Chairman of the New Building Society.
There were indications also that talks were ongoing with another former, senior Minister of the previous administration.
There have been calls for the new administration to seriously consider some form of shared Governance. This was especially so after the May 11 elections results which just less than half of the voters wanted the PPP/C government back in power, leaving the coalition with a narrow victory.
With regard to D’Urban Park, there were talks of a road link through the public lands.
There have been calls for the area to be developed into playfields for cricket, football and athletics.
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