PPP ex­poses lies ped­dled by Min­is­ters of the Gov­ern­ment as re­gards oil and gas sec­tor

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How­ever, only re­cently Min­is­ter Trot­man re­vealed that the Gov­ern­ment is cur­rently work­ing out how they will deal with the is­suance of re­main­ing petroleum-min­ing blocks. “The truth of the mat­ter is that there are many more petroleum-min­ing blocks avail­able. Only re­cently, Min­is­ter Raphael Trot­man re­ferred to the ex­is­tence of these petroleum-min­ing blocks when he spoke about how new oil and gas ex­plo­ration and pro­duc­tion li­cences should be granted. He said, “Whether we go openly and pub­licly with in­ter­na­tional bids, or whether we have quiet and pri­vate dis­cus­sions, will be de­ter­mined by the na­tional in­ter­est.” With­out more, Trot­man’s as­ser­tion by them­selves prove that Pat­ter­son is ly­ing. More­over, every­one who has some fa­mil­iar­ity with the sec­tor knows that they are sev­eral petroleum- min­ing blocks avail­able,” the state­ment read.

Be­low is the full state­ment from the PPP:

Min­is­ters of the Coali­tion Gov­ern­ment con­tinue to ped­dle mas­sive lies and mis­in­for­ma­tion unashamedly and with im­punity. They con­tinue to get the Kai­eteur News to sen­sa­tion­al­ize these lies with blaz­ing head­lines on the front pages of the news­pa­pers. All with the in­ten­tion to fool, mis­lead and in­sult the in­tel­li­gence of the public.

So to­day, the bold head­line of Kai­eteur News read, “JAGDEO GAVE OUT ALL OIL BLOCKS, ‘THERE IS NOTH­ING LEFT’ – DAVID PAT­TER­SON”.

Min­is­ter Pat­ter­son was re­spond­ing to dis­clo­sures made by Op­po­si­tion Leader, Mr. Bhar­rat Jagdeo that a cor­rupt plot is afoot by friends and fam­i­lies of Min­is­ters to ac­quire avail­able petroleum-min­ing blocks, which they in­tend to re­sell on the in­ter­na­tional market.

Firstly, we com­pre­hen­sively re­ject the ridicu­lous con­tention of Min­is­ter Pat­ter­son that they are no avail­able petroleum-min­ing blocks. Min­is­ters have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to go to press con­fer­ences with a sober head and equip them­selves with facts in re­la­tions to mat­ters upon which they in­tend to speak and must re­frain from vo­cally emit­ting ev­ery bizarre thought that comes to their minds.

The truth of the mat­ter is that there are many more petroleum- min­ing blocks avail­able. Only re­cently, Min­is­ter Raphael Trot­man re­ferred to the ex­is­tence of these petroleum- min­ing blocks when he spoke about how new oil and gas ex­plo­ration and pro­duc­tion li­cences should be granted. He said, “Whether we go openly and pub­licly with in­ter­na­tional bids, or whether we have quiet and pri­vate dis­cus­sions, will be de­ter­mined by the na­tional in­ter­est.” With­out more, Trot­man’s as­ser­tion by them­selves prove that Pat­ter­son is ly­ing. More­over, every­one who has some fa­mil­iar­ity with the sec­tor knows that they are sev­eral petroleum- min­ing blocks avail­able.

How­ever, if Pat­ter­son has cor­rectly ex­pressed the po­si­tion of the Gov­ern­ment, then we call upon the Gov­ern­ment to make public a list of all the petroleum-min­ing blocks, the names of the per­sons or com­pa­nies to whom they have been al­lo­cated and the date of al­lo­ca­tion. This dis­clo­sure will alert the public to the fact that no new petroleum-min­ing blocks can be al­lo­cated in the near fu­ture.

This is the same strat­egy of ly­ing, which we re­cently wit­nessed by the Gov­ern­ment when they mis­led the na­tion for sev­eral months by claim­ing that they can­not dis­close the ExxonMo­bil con­tract be­cause they are pre­vented from do­ing so by a law passed by the Jagdeo Ad­min­is­tra­tion. We un­masked this lie two weeks ago. Not a word has come from the Gov­ern­ment since.

The na­tion will re­call the same level of gi­gan­tic ly­ing by Trot­man in the Na­tional As­sem­bly when he made the out­ra­geous claim the 100% of pro­duc­tive for­est was shared out be­fore 2015. Again, we were able to de­bunk this lie by show­ing that the largest mass of Guyana’s pro­duc­tive for­est re­mains in­tact; that more than 50% of what was ac­tu­ally al­lo­cated were done by PNC Gov­ern­ments be­fore 1992, and that for­est lands dis­trib­uted un­der PPP Gov­ern­ments ben­e­fit­ted 73 com­mu­nity for­est or­gan­i­sa­tions, which pro­vided tens of thou­sands of jobs for Guyanese of all walks of life. Yet, Kai­eteur News re­peats the lie of Trot­man in their ar­ti­cle to­day, with­out any ref­er­ence to our re­sponse.

We ask that you note that af­ter this lie of Pat­ter­son that all the petroleum-min­ing blocks have been given away is now de­bunked, you will not hear an­other word of it from the Gov­ern­ment un­til an­other mas­sive lie is un­leashed on the na­tion, which again, will be sen­sa­tion­al­ized by a Kai­eteur News front page head­line. How­ever, when the lie is un­masked it will not be car­ried by Kai­eteur News at all, or if car­ried, it will be hid­den in some ob­scure cor­ner of the news­pa­per. This has long been the ploy of that news out­fit.

We will not be re­spond­ing to any state­ments made by Min­is­ter Ram­jat­tan at the AFC’s press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day. How­ever, we will be rec­om­mend­ing to the Pres­i­dent that a pol­icy be im­ple­mented bar­ring Min­is­ters of the Gov­ern­ment from at­tend­ing press con­fer­ences in an ine­bri­ated state.

Pic­ture shows PPP su­per­vi­sor, Re­gion 5, Faizal Ja­far­ally, on be­half of the PPP, hand­ing over a cheque as a con­tri­bu­tion to res­i­dents of Bath Set­tle­ment who suf­fered dam­ages to their prop­erty as a re­sult of a re­cet freak storm

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