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So, there are the traditional crocodile tears from Minister Mustapha stating that the shoddy work by the Contractor as described by the Minister, caused the flooding in the Albouystown/Charlestown areas.
First point, the pattern established during every PPP regime has been a failure to punish errant Contractors for shoddy work.
Just travel along High Street on the eastern side and observe shoddy work on a building that could not be occupied, it is north of Princess Street.
Shoddy work is not new whenever the PPP is in charge, and we can expect more of this now that there is this abundance of money being doled out to friends and cronies.
I recall a detailed report prepared at the instance of Minister Ronald Bulkan, who showed that when Dr. Irfan Ali, now President was in charge of the Housing Sector, houses were built on the East Bank and other areas, where kitchens and septic tanks were settling in opposite directions to the remainder of the house. Those who occupied some of these so-called finished buildings lost valuables when the rain fell.
In one case, things were so terrible that the entire building had to be abandoned. This represents a pattern of certain contractors being given contracts with no track records of incompetence while being paid in full.
Mr. Editor, it would be useful if your reporters can do some research. The allegations of forms of apartheid posted some six weeks ago, which showed massive contracts being awarded to a special group consisting of about forty odd families.
But Editor, how long will this rape by a group of greedy Guyanese continue?
Editor, the other interesting system is the government punishment of any Institution over which the duet exercises complete control.
I was at City Hall today to pay the taxes of a relative. I observed two things: –
- Shortage of staff in the Treasurer’s Office causing taxpayers to wait, some seeking shelter for a long period of time and
- Speaking with members of the City Constabulary, it was revealed that there is a serious shortage of personnel, and that in spite of pleadings, the PPP controlled Local Government Service Commission has refused to allow the Georgetown City Council to recruit legal persons for training and understaffed establishment.
The above represents just a few small areas in which the City Council is being terrorised and appears to be beaten into submission because the Georgetown Municipality is not a handmaiden of the Minister and the Ministry of Local Government.
President Ali cannot remain silent on these issues as I expect him to repeat his famous statement about One Guyana.
Eric Moseley, MS