Kaieteur News headlined story (Sunday 4th February 2018) “Ogle pays Govt. US$6 per acre but rents to Operators for over US$6000 per acre” is grossly misleading. This is the fourth report in Kaieteur News targeting the airport from an unnamed “Aviation Operative”. It’s nice to be in a position to manipulate public perception and not be challenged.
It is strange that Kaieteur News continues to print headlines from this “Aviation Operative” source without first checking with OAI, aiding and abetting the agenda of the Aviation Operative, so perhaps in the interest of readers following these deliberate attacks on the integrity of the Company, let us reveal some facts which may be relevant:
It is clear then that “Aviation Operative” source who has access to the same information is dishonestly distorting it while exercising personal animosity to the Airport and deliberately manipulating the facts to damage the reputation of the Company.
These attempts will fail, as they have failed in the past, because the public is not blind. The fact is the Eugene F. Correia International Airport serves a vital and essential role in National Development, supporting, as it does CARICOM, the Government of Guyana development programme, the Mining, Timber, Oil and Tourism industries as well as domestic and regional travel for the general public located conveniently close to our Capital City and enjoyed by them.
The E.F.C International Airport has to cater and balance all of these interests at the same time, so it may not be in a position at all times to please every operator, as the standards required for international operations increase over time.
Ogle Airport Inc.
Kaieteur News is pleased that OAI has seen it fit to acknowledge and respond to the article quoted in the letter highlighting important concerns regarding the use of state assets.
However, this newspaper had hoped that OAI would have dealt with the issue at hand. Instead, the company opted to concern itself more with trying to ascertain and verify the newspaper’s source.
This newspaper is known for investigative reporting. The lopsided arrangement where operators are made to pay several times more than what OAI is paying to the government for state property is still to be addressed.
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