JAGDEO’S “HISTORIC” VISIT TO BUXTON TESTIFIES TO THE CONTEMPT AND DISCRIMINATION, MADE ENDEMIC BY HIS ADMINISTRATION--PRESS STATEMENT Friday 20 August 2010




SUMMARY:
• Having starved the City Council of the revenue from the Rates which the Government should have been paying, as required by law, the Council, not unexpectedly, found itself unable to pay the Garbage-removal Contractors monies outstanding to them;
• The people of Buxton, however, have not forgotten that it is the Jagdeo Administration, through a systematic and centrally directed campaign, that criminalised their village and had them labelled as criminals;
• The case of Mrs Whyte-Nedd, who served as Chief Education Officer (Ag.) for five (5) years, is another example of the type of discrimination that Guyanese have experienced under the PPP;
• It is known that the law requires that the National Register of Registrants be updated before the General and Regional Elections of 2011, to facilitate those who have not yet registered and to enable those newly qualified voters to register;
• The July/August Holiday Programme of the Sophia Literacy Project concluded a year of Literacy Classes for two hundred and seventy five children from the West Coast of Demerara and the Sophia area in Greater Georgetown.

CONTINUING CAMPAIGN BY THE JAGDEO ADMINISTRATION TO DESTABILISE THE GEORGETOWN CITY COUNCIL

It should be evident to all, but the politically blind and biased, that the Jagdeo Administration is intensifying its continuing programme to destabilise the Georgetown Mayor and City Council. The Administration has not disguised its ambition to replace the Georgetown Mayor and City Council with its own hand-picked Interim Committee, before Local Government Elections are held. It seems that they have become desperate and are resorting to any means available, to ensure that the Council is hobbled and unable to function effectively, in its legitimate efforts to deliver the services required by the citizens of Georgetown.

The PNCR, in a recent Press Statement, had stated that, “the health of the citizens of Georgetown and the state of the capital city are too important to become pawns of a dirty political game. It is time for the Jagdeo Administration to cease playing politics with the City Council and honour its responsibilities. The deplorable state of the garbage situation in the capital city, although the responsibility of the M&CC of Georgetown, is, therefore, reflective of the spitefulness of the Jagdeo Administration.”

The Administration deliberately prevented the Council from widening its Revenue Base while, at the same time, withholding the timely payment of Rates on Government Buildings, as a means of placing the council in the position where they are unable to meet their legitimate expenses. Having starved the Council of the revenue from the Rates which the Government should have been paying, as required by law, the Council, not unexpectedly, found itself unable to pay the Garbage-removal Contractors monies outstanding to them. Not surprisingly, the Garbage Contractors stopped their collections until the outstanding arrears were met.

Unabashed, unashamed and unrepentant, the President and his compliant Minister of Local Government, using the methodology of Al Capone, then summoned some of the Garbage Contractors to inform them that they, the defaulting Rate-payers, will use the Rates which they have been withholding from the Georgetown Mayor and City Council to pay the monies outstanding to them and, moreover, will continue to use the defaulted Rates to pay them on an ongoing basis.

While the President and his Minister are engaged in this barefaced and illegal action, the Government had approximately G$100Mn in Rates outstanding to the City Council. In addition, the National Industrial Commercial and Investment Ltd. (NICIL), headed by the ubiquitous Mr Winston Brassington, has G$100Mn in Rates outstanding on State property for which it holds the titles. It also seems that there are some prominent business entities complicit in the withholding of Rates owed to the Georgetown Mayor and City Council.

The Finance Committee of the Council has, by letter dated 13 August 2010, sought clarity from the Minister of Local Government under which regulation or by what authority the Order to pay contractors of the City Council directly from Taxes owed by the Government has been made. To date, the Minister has not responded.

The PNCR again calls of the Jagdeo regime to place the welfare of the citizens of Georgetown above partisan politics.

JAGDEO’S “HISTORIC” VISIT TO BUXTON TESTIFIES TO THE CONTEMPT AND DISCRIMINATION, MADE ENDEMIC BY HIS ADMINISTRATION

Having been shamed by picketers when he sought to hold a reception at State House for visiting overseas Buxtonians, President Jagdeo has finally visited Buxton after almost 11 years in Office. During that period, the President spent more time touring the world, including dozens of visits to Queens, New York.

The people of Buxton, however, have not forgotten that it is the Jagdeo Administration, through a systematic and centrally directed campaign, that criminalised their village and had them labelled as criminals. It is this very Jagdeo Administration that discriminated against this and other non-PPP support villages, since the 2005 Flood, and continually refused to allocate resources for infrastructural development.

As the Election season draws near, the PPP/C, as they did recently in Linden, believes that these belated interventions and allocation of funds, just before elections, will erase from the peoples’ memory the years of neglect and discrimination they have experienced under the PPP/C Administration.

In responding to the concerns of residents about the stigma now associated with the village, President Jagdeo ought to have been ashamed when he hypocritically stated, during his visit, that, “We need to collectively work at removing this perception wherever it exists.” President Jagdeo seemed to have been suffering from amnesia as he single-handedly contributed to the negative perception of that village and the stigma now associated with it. He feigns to have now awakened to the economic plight of the village, despite it was he who vetoed every proposal to place that village on a sound economic footing.

The late Leader of the PNCR, Mr. Hugh Desmond Hoyte, had submitted a detailed proposal, as a model for the revitalisation of the economy of Buxton and other depressed East Coast Demerara villages. The proposal was estimated at one hundred million dollars, but it was rejected by President Jagdeo who claimed that the proposals amounted to the holding of the Government to ransom.

Instead, the Administration and its cohorts enabled the insertion of criminal and narco-funded gangs into Buxton. The village was garrisoned by the Security Forces and its economy further destroyed. It seems that the intention, all along, was to convert the once proud and independent people of Buxton into mendicants, dependent on hand-out from the Government. The resilient people of Buxton will hold President Jagdeo to delivering on his obvious election promises

This “historic visit”, as described by Stabroek News, of President Jagdeo to Buxton, testifies to the contempt with which the Administration holds the people of Buxton whose leaders seem to be reduced to begging for the crumbs from the master’s table!

Is that what the future holds, under this discriminating and lawless PPP/C Administration, for the depressed villages of the East Coast of Demerara?

Like the people of Linden, Buxtonians will not be so easily fooled.

SHAMELESS AND DISCRIMINATORY TREATMENT OF MRS WHYTE-NEDD

The Government and the Minister of Education needs to explain to the people of Guyana why Mrs. Genevieve Whyte-Nedd, after holding the Office of Chief Education Officer (Ag.) for five (5) years, could not be confirmed in that position, even for the purposes of computing her retirement benefits.

Recently, the PPP/C set a new precedent when they presented to the National Assembly, for approval, that the acting allowances for the Chief Justice would be used to compute his pension and other superannuation benefits. This proposal was approved by the National Assembly for the Chief Justice, who has not yet acted for four years in that position and is not about to retire. The question, which must be asked, is: Why not apply the same principle to public officers who have had prolonged acting appointments prior to their retirement?

The case of Mrs. Whyte-Nedd, who served as Chief Education Officer (Ag.) for five (5) years, is another example of the type of discrimination that Guyanese have experienced under the PPP/C.

The Minister of Education, Mr. Sheik Baksh, instead of playing to the gallery about his concerns over this matter, would be better advised to influence the Minister of Finance to take a similar Bill to Parliament to facilitate the computation of superannuation benefits for Mrs. Whyte-Nedd, as was approved recently for the Chief Justice. The PNCR will fully support such legislation.

By all appearances, however, this case seems to be yet another example of the shameless and barefaced discrimination which has become the hallmark of the Jagdeo PPP/C Administration.

IS GECOM READY TO COMMENCE CONTINUOUS REGISTRATION?

Recent reports, emanating from the GECOM, suggest that the PPP/C Administration is already frustrating the work of that body, to make it impossible for their proposed programme to be implemented within the timelines mandated by the Constitution. It is known that the law requires that the National Register of Registrants (NRR) be updated before the General and Regional Elections of 2011, to facilitate those who have not yet registered and to enable those newly qualified voters to register.

The project document, produced by GECOM, had identified the commencement date for this exercise as the first week of September 2010. Arrangements were already made to rent offices and appoint staff so that this exercise could begin in a timely manner. The PNCR has learnt, however, that the PPP/C Administration has, so far, refused to make the necessary funds available for GECOM to commence its work. This is a dangerous development and the motives of the Office of the President must be suspect.

The PNCR calls on the Jagdeo Administration to provide an adequate explanation to the people of Guyana. The PNCR will remain vigilant and will expose every manoeuvre of the Jadgeo Administration to undermine the Constitution. The PNCR also calls on GECOM to make a Statement to stakeholders on this matter. The PNCR has written to the Chairman of GECOM on this matter and looks forward to a prompt response

PNCR COMMENDS COORDINATORS SOPHIA LITERACY PROJECT/DISTRIBUTION OF SCHOOL SUPPLIES AT LINDEN

Leader of the PNCR and Opposition, Mr. Robert Corbin, MP, congratulated the Organisers of the Sophia Literacy Project for their successful completion of another year of their programme. He also expressed appreciation to all the sponsors and contributors to the project including Health, Education and Relief for Guyana, (HERG), Food for the Poor, the Den Amstel NDC, the Teachers and other contributors. Mr. Corbin was speaking at the annual Closing Ceremonies on Friday 13 August and Saturday 14 August, 2010 at the Den Amstel Community Centre and the PNCR Congress Place Auditorium respectively.

The July/August Holiday Programme of the Sophia Literacy Project concluded a year of Literacy Classes for two hundred and seventy five (275) children from the West Coast of Demerara and the Sophia area in Greater Georgetown. The Programme is coordinated by the Communities Arise NGO in collaboration with the PNCR Youth Empowerment Scheme, (YES), and the Den Amstel Literacy programme. The major sponsor of the July/August Vacation Program 2010 was Health and Education Relief for Guyana, (HERG), a US based Non-Governmental Organization that does early intervention in literacy, in addition to medical outreaches in Guyana and other parts of the Caribbean. The vacation programme was also supported by many other contributors including the Den Amstel NDC and the Friends of the PNCR Toronto.

The children who participated in the July/August Vacation literacy programme were provided with a hot meal daily and school kits at the end of the one month period. At the closing ceremony the students entertained the audience which included parents and special invitees to a rich cultural programme after which representatives of HERG and the Leader of the PNCR made brief congratulatory remarks. Representatives of HERG and Mr. Basil Williams interacted and distributed the School supplies and other special tokens to the children which included sports gears.

Also in attendance at the Closing Ceremonies were: the Vice Chairman of the PNCR, Mr. Basil Williams, MP, Ms. Africo Selman, MP, Representatives of HERG and Medical Volunteers including, Mr. Kenrick Cort and Dr. Harrison Mitchell

School supplies at linden
Yesterday, Thursday 19 August 2010, the PNCR Leader Mr. Robert Corbin, MP, distributed a quantity of school supplies to children of the Victory Valley area of Linden. This was made possible through the contribution of many supporters, including the Friends of the PNCR Group of Toronto. Included in the distribution were exercise books, pens pencils and text and story books. Accompanying Mr. Corbin were Ms. Amna Ally, MP, and Ms. Beni Rayman of the North American Region as well as Regional Chairman, Mortimer Mingo.

COMMEMORATION OF THE 25TH DEATH ANNIVERSARY OF LINDEN FORBES SAMPSON BURNHAM, FOUNDER LEADER OF THE PNC AND FIRST EXECUTIVE PRESIDENT OF GUYANA

REMAINING ACTIVITIES PROGRAMME:

29 August 2010: 10:00 hrs: Circle Tennis Finals: Carifesta Sports Complex Ministry of Culture, Youth & Sports, Carifesta Avenue, Thomas Lands, Georgetown.

30 August 2010: 19:00 hrs: Gala Variety Concert: Celebrating The Musical Moods Of LFSB: National Cultural Centre, Georgetown: Admission:1,000

4 September 2010: 18:00hrs: Open Air Cultural Finale In Celebration Of The Life And Legacy Of LFSB: Square of the Revolution, Georgetown

3 October 2010: Cavalcade of Sports: Mackenzie Sports Club Ground, Region #10: Note: There will be Regional play-offs to identify the Regional Teams.

NATION WATCH PROGRAMMES:

Panel Presentations: 12:00 -13:00 hrs: Reflections on the Legacy of LFSB:
HBTV Chanel 9: On the following Sundays:

22 August 2010: National Unity: A Prerequisite for National Development
29 August 2010: Providing for the People: Feed, Clothe and House the Nation


People’s National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia
Georgetown, Guyana
Friday 20 August 2010