Minister of Indigenous People’s Affairs and Vice President, Sydney Allicock, made a public apology to the Members of the Opposition PPP/C for being unable, within the eight months he has been in the APNU/AFC Government, to fix all the damage caused by the PPP/C during the 23 years they were in Government.
Minister Allicock was at the time making his contribution to the ongoing week-long 2016 budget debate in the National Assembly which is slated for a high-voltage conclusion in the National Assembly this afternoon with three high profile speakers from the Government (Minister of Public Security Joe Harmon, Finance Minister Winston Jordan and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo ) pitted against Opposition Leader and former President Dr Bharrat Jagdeo.
Allicock, during his debate presentation, said: “I take this opportunity to apologise to the honorable members Harry Gill and Yvonne Pearson. I am truly sorry, sir, that as a government we were unable in the nine months in office to fix all the damage created by the PPP over the last twenty three years. But we are working on that,” Allicock told the House.
The minister rebutted statements which he deemed as not factual by members of the Opposition, who had made their presentations earlier. He stated that, “I note well the presence of some born-again indigenous members on the other side. These Honorable Members may have had their ‘damascus’ moment at the end of their journey to the opposition benches.”
Addressing statements purporting that miners were awarded blocks in lands traditionally occupied, utilized and applied for as village lands by Guyana’s Indigenous Peoples, the minister noted these were matters which his Government inherited from the previous PPP/C Administration that now sits in the opposition benches.
“These awards were made after Kangaruma and Tasserene, for example, had applied for these lands to become their Village lands. Mr Speaker, these Honourable Members of the Opposition were part of the team which participated in the handing over of worthless pieces of paper to Kangaruma and Tasserene suggesting to the leaders of these communities that they were being handed land titles,” Vice President Allicock disclosed.