Jan 19, 2016 News
The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has called out the administration on a number of cases that were
being pursued by Government, but the pursuits now appear to have lost steam.
This was reported during the PPP press conference yesterday. PPP General Secretary, Clement Rohee, chided the administration for making initial pronouncements on these issues, then allowing months to go by without updating the public.
Among the issues that Rohee raised were the Cooperative Republic of Guyana (CRG) registration number plates for Government vehicles, the pronouncement on lotto funds and the preliminary report on Guyana’s drainage system.
One issue that Rohee raised was the Guyana Oil Company (GUYOIL) fuel scam. He recalled that Minister of State Joseph Harmon is on record as speaking about a “fuel scam involving millions of dollars”, which was uncovered at GUYOIL.
He noted that the Government had announced a probe last July, but as of now there has been no word about the outcome of this probe, or the status of the “three ministries” which were said to have been involved.
Rohee also recalled that back in July there had been the announcement that the lottery funds would be returned to the consolidated fund by the close of 2015. However, Rohee decried the fact that it has not been made known whether the funds had been returned.
“(The year) 2015 has come and gone; we are yet to learn whether the lotto funds were transferred now that we are in the middle of January 2016,” he said. “The Minister of Governance is yet to update the Nation on the status of the promise.”
Rohee noted that last July, there had also been an announcement by Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson that a preliminary report on Guyana’s drainage system would be completed in six months.
“We are now in January 2016, the Guyanese Nation expects by the end of this month that the report will be made public,” the General Secretary warned.
In 2015, the government had also announced that it had sent a team to India to assess the administration and finances of the Guyana High Commission in New Delhi, India. According to Rohee, however, nothing has been heard of the findings of the team since.
“The PPP recalls, in the same month of July, Mr. Harmon had declared that the State Assets Recovery Unit (SARU) was making progress in the recovery of state assets from a number of individuals”.
“Harmon did not disclose which assets had been recovered and from whom they had been recovered.”
Rohee also brought the media’s attention to the announcement made by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, last year. It had been stated that special number plates for state-owned vehicles would be initiated by October 2015, to make for easy recognition of state owned vehicles.
Harmon had stated back in September that all state-owned vehicles will be affixed with CRG registration number plates that will serve to easily identify vehicles that are registered to the state.
This was with the intention to ensure that vehicles are not abused by functionaries, following on the heels of complaints of misuse or the vehicles not being cared for.
“All vehicles which will be procured in future for use by the state and state agencies will be fitted with CRG registrations,” he had also said.
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