Ge­orge­town needs per­sons com­mit­ted to the wel­fare of its cit­i­zens

Stabroek News Sunday - - REGIONAL NEWS -

Dear Edi­tor,

Ge­orge­town has got a new Mayor in the per­son of Pan­dit Ubraj Narine. I can­not re­call an In­doGuyanese Mayor pre­sid­ing over the af­fairs of the City Coun­cil and, even though re­fresh­ing, one hopes that it is not an op­ti­cal move on the part of the PNC es­pe­cially when seen against the back­ground of re­cent re­marks made by PNC Chair­man Volda Lawrence.

The City of Ge­orge­town is in need of per­sons who are not only po­lit­i­cally com­mit­ted to the wel­fare of the cit­i­zens of Ge­orge­town but who are seized with some man­age­ment ex­pe­ri­ence. This, I be­lieve, was lack­ing in the pre­vi­ous Coun­cil, a sit­u­a­tion made worse by a Town Clerk that was be­hav­ing more as a politi­cian than as a tech­ni­cal and ac­count­ing of­fi­cer of the Coun­cil.

I think the Coun­cil should now look for a new Town Clerk who is tech­ni­cally and pro­fes­sion­ally sound, and who is not po­lit­i­cally in­clined one way or the other.

The re­cent Com­mis­sion of In­quiry into the af­fairs of the Coun­cil con­ducted by re­tired Jus­tice Ce­cil Ken­nard has un­earthed some un­savoury find­ings which should not be al­lowed to re­peat it­self.

Ge­orge­town is not only our cap­i­tal city but is home to nearly a third of the coun­try’s pop­u­la­tion. Both the cen­tral gov­ern­ment and the Coun­cil have a duty and re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure that it is prop­erly fi­nanced and man­aged.

It is a shame that Ge­orge­town is al­lowed to de­te­ri­o­rate to a point where we are now re­garded as a ‘Garbage’ City in­stead of a Gar­den City as was for­merly the case. Yours faith­fully, Hy­dar Ally

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