Bud­get avoids govt’s lack of ac­count­abil­ity

Weekend Mirror - - CHILDREN’S CORNER -


Min­is­ter, Win­ston Jor­dan, stayed clear of trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity is­sues dur­ing his bud­get speech although the last year has seen sev­eral scan­dalous in­stances of bla­tant mis-used of re­sources from the pub­lic purse.

This omis­sion did not go down well with Op­po­si­tion Leader, Bhar­rat Jagdeo, who in an ini­ti­atl re­ac­tion noted that this is “the worst pe­riod in our mod­ern his­tory in terms of trans­parency in the use of pub­lic funds is now.

The Op­po­si­tion Leader, Mr. Bhar­rat Jagdeo, in his ini­tial re­act to the bud­get pre­sen­ta­tion, said it was the most dis­as­trous he ever lis­tened to and that it failed on every stan­dard. In fact, he crit­i­cised the Fi­nance Min­is­ter for not ad­dress­ing con­cerns about the lack of trans­parency in his gov­ern­ment, not­ing that the APNU+AFC has a track record of con­stant mis­man­age­ment of the coun­try’s re­sources.

“The worst pe­riod in our mod­ern his­tory in terms of trans­parency in the use of pub­lic funds is now,” Jagdeo stated.

He made ref­er­ence to the New De­mer­ara River Bridge, the Sus­sex Street Drug Bond, the Dur­ban Park Pro­ject, the pro­cure­ment of drugs un­der the Min­istry of Health, the so­lar panel in­stall­ment ini­tia­tive, and the erec­tion of the fence at the Min­istry of the Pres­i­dency.

Jor­dan, dur­ing his pre­sen­ta­tion, said gov­ern­ment will be go­ing af­ter con­trac­tors for do shoddy works but Jagdeo con­tended that the prob­lems are not with the con­trac­tors but with the “cor­rupt of­fi­cials”.

The Op­po­si­tion Leader sug­gested that in­stead of putting leg­is­la­tion in place to de­bar con­trac­tors, the gov­ern­ment should put leg­is­la­tion in place to de­bar min­is­ters.

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