City Hall spend­ing lav­ishly on se­lected coun­cil­lors yet claims to be bank­rupt

Stabroek News Sunday - - LETTERS -

Dear Edi­tor. The con­tempt, mock­ery and du­plic­ity of the Mayor, Town Clerk and the favoured ca­bal at the Ge­orge­town City Coun­cil has be­come just un­bear­able to many cit­i­zens.

Al­most ev­ery day one can hear cries com­ing from the Coun­cil of bank­ruptcy, of rev­enue short­falls, of the need for a wider rev­enue base, of be­ing un­able to pro­vide the qual­ity of ser­vices that they ought to un­der­take due to a lack of ad­e­quate fund­ing, of be­ing cash strapped whilst at the same time of­fi­cials of the Coun­cil are fre­quently pro­ceed­ing on waste­ful over­seas lux­ury jun­kets, of pay­ing them­selves ex­tra for car­ry­ing out du­ties that they were elected to carry out, of main­tain­ing large ret­inues of staff, in­clud­ing body­guards, chauf­feurs, per­sonal as­sis­tants, im­mense sec­re­tar­ial and ad­min­is­tra­tive staff, etc.

Some­one needs to ex­plain to the cit­i­zenry why the mem­bers of the rene­go­ti­at­ing com­mit­tee for the scan­dalous Park­ing Me­ter con­tracts had to be paid large sums ex­tra, to sit on the com­mit­tee. Some­one needs to ex­plain why the Mayor and se­lected Coun­cil­lors and staff who were in­volved in Mashra­mani ac­tiv­i­ties had to be paid large sums for do­ing noth­ing. Some­one needs to ad­vise the cit­i­zenry what were the tan­gi­ble ben­e­fits de­rived for the City for all the count­less ex­pen­sive jaunts over­seas.

It is sim­ply mind blow­ing that a sup­pos­edly ‘broke mu­nic­i­pal­ity’ would even con­tem­plate host­ing a ‘City Week’ cel­e­bra­tion. How could they al­lo­cate a whop­ping 20 mil­lion dol­lars to fetes and mer­ri­ment when the claim that they have had to close day care cen­tres due to lack of fund­ing, when they have stopped stray catch­ing in the city due to a lack of funds, when the mu­nic­i­pal abat­toir and all of their build­ings are in the most ru­inous state?

Hope they don’t in­tend to ha­rass the al­ready frag­ile busi­ness com­mu­nity to con­trib­ute fi­nan­cially to their fete.

How could the Coun­cil not be main­tain­ing our city roads, not re­plac­ing de­fec­tive street lights, not re­pair­ing bridges, not clean­ing choked drains, not fog­ging for mos­qui­toes, but in­stead putting up ex­pen­sive and fancy bill­boards about a green city, whilst main­tain­ing a mam­moth staff strength of nearly 1,000 per­sons, whilst spend­ing hun­dreds of mil­lions on con­trac­tors that have not ten­dered for jobs they were given, etc.

There is no area of ser­vice that the Coun­cil is re­spon­si­ble for pro­vid­ing, not a sin­gle mu­nic­i­pal depart­ment, that is free of the most bru­tal sort of cor­rup­tion. The Ge­orge­town Mu­nic­i­pal­ity has bred a world-class mafia, and it has all be­gun with their du­plic­i­tous Hu­man Re­source Depart­ment that is well known for putting square pegs in round holes. Yours faith­fully, Jer­main John­son

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