When you saw how the PPP Government from Jagdeo to Ramotar spent state funds, oil revenues will be wasted under a government with that party in the future. When you see the past four years how money was spent under the current leadership of both PNC and AFC, it is silly dreaming to think these two parties will change their attitude if they are returned to power.
In plain language, Guyana needs to replace the PPP, PNC and AFC if it is going to move forward. My deeply held opinion is that they are inherently flawed politicians devoid of patriotic love for the poorer classes and they are mediocre thinkers whose limitations with innovative ideas are terribly shocking. Guyana cannot replace them. The next president in 2019 is going to come from either the PPP or the PNC.
The next government will be formed with ministers from the PPP or a combination of PNC and AFC leaders. In my own mind, I have worked out what my government should be like. I will vote for a small party to deny a majority government to either PPP or PNC. Wild horses cannot pull me back from the polling station to vote in 2019.
Why do any citizen, who lived under Jagdeo, Ramotar and Granger feel that oil revenues will enhance the developmental agenda? It only can if the income is spent for developmental purposes. What purpose in terms of our economic needs the Marriott Hotel and D’Urban Park serve? That is only two examples.
The past month, two ministers have bought SUV 2018 models that with duty each cost $60 million. The regime is renting a three-level building on South Road next to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to house one of the most inactive and comparatively unimportant state agencies – the Gaming Authority. The rent is four million dollars monthly.
That sum of $48 million in one year could have built a spanking new Kitty post office with space to accommodate the Gaming Authority. I urge any citizen of this country to contact me at phone number 614-5927 or email at [email protected] and look me in the eyes and tell me if they could justify using conscience, human decency, ethical qualities and moral integrity argue in support of what the government built to replace the old Kitty post office on Alexander Street.
It is a flat building, susceptible to flooding because it sits flat on the earth and it measures 65 feet by 75 feet. Now, don’t believe this columnist. Go and see the post office for yourself. Call me or email me. If you can convince me, I will stop my Kaieteur News column. That is a promise.
Since I was young, folks would refer to me as crazy. I admit I have features of bohemian, anarchic craziness but I am not stupid. And after seeing that post office I will regain my sanity and vote against the APNU+AFC coalition when the general election comes.
Who is to prevent oil revenues from being used wildly and insanely that stultifies attempts at development? Well Carl Greenidge, our former Foreign minister has the answer. At a forum in Buxton, he urged that Guyanese must ensure that oil revenues are used wisely. But when he was a minister, did he stop the wasteful use of funds by a government of which he was a senior functionary? And his government did waste money and nuff too.
I thought Greenidge as a former UG lecturer would have at least offered a tiny statement on how money was being spent at UG. He must have been aware that this was a huge area of controversy and people he knew at UG must have given him evidence as they gave me.
But he was silent. Now he wants citizens to monitor how the state will spend the oil money. Which citizenry is Greenidge referring to? Is he talking about Guyanese?
The Guyanese nationality is one of the world’s sheepish nations. People do not care about higher values or are resigned to their fate or are fearful of speaking about even the most innocuous governmental infraction.
Is Greenidge telling us that suddenly, there will be what former President Forbes Burnham was fond of calling an “attitudinal metamorphosis.”
The financial waste at UG was so alarming that it required serious concern by people like Greenidge. No one in Guyana showed any concern except those two courageous unions at UG. Guyana owed those two unions a huge debt of gratitude.
Which action of policy of the government the past 30 years the Guyanese people have kept an eye on? Do sheep keep an eye on anything? Just asking!
( The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessary reflect the opinions of this newspaper)
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