Several state boards are have been named by the administration but it appears that the Parliamentary Opposition, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), will not be participating.
This past week, at least four boards were introduced to Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson, but on none of them was there a representative of the opposition.
Questioned about it, Patterson said that the PPP had been written to, asking the party to submit names, but there were no responses.
The Minister insisted that Government remains committed to engaging the Opposition especially when it comes to conducting business of the country and when it has to do with wide participation from stakeholders.
The Boards introduced this week under that Ministry were the Guyana Power and Light Inc. (GPL), Guyana Energy Agency (GEA), Demerara Harbour Bridge and the Cheddi Jagan International Airport.
In recent weeks, Boards of Directors were also installed for the Sea Defence Board and the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority.
In both of these Boards, there were no persons present from the Opposition.
According to Patterson, he is aware that for other State Boards that fall under the other ministries, the situation was the same.
In the past, while in the Opposition, the coalition Government- Alliance For Change and A Partnership for National Unity, have been complaining about being sidelined in the decision-making process of the country.
As part of the campaign promises, the\ two had vowed to change this.
In the past, State Boards were abusing their authority, sometimes making decisions deemed not in the benefit of the country.
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