Budget avoids govt’s lack of accountability
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.