50/50 Jubilee housing promotion by Govt cancelled – thousands of beneficiaries left disappointed

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Thousands of persons living in Guyana are now very frustrated and disappointed having learnt that the 50/50 Jubilee housing promotion announced by Minister within the Ministry of Communities, Valerie Sharpe- Patterson, in March month has been cancelled.

Reports are that the Board of the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) which is currently being headed by former city Mayor Hamilton Green has cancelled this ‘special payment plan ’ this month for persons who are beneficiaries of government house lots in residential areas that are priced at $3M and lower.

Minister within the Ministry of Communities Valerie Sharpe-Patterson
Minister Valerie Sharpe-Patterson
Former Minister of Housing and Water Irfaan Ali
Former Minister of Housing and Water Irfaan Ali

Initially, the deal would have allowed persons who had completed payment of at least 50 per cent of the cost of their house lots by May 1, to receive a 50 per cent discount on the remaining balance.

Minister Sharpe-Patterson had also explained that the balance should be paid off by the end of this month.

However, Green has announced that the CH&PA Board has now cancelled the deal stating that there were some “lapses” in the arrangement inclusive of the junior Minister ‘failing to consult’ with the Board before making such an announcement.

According to Green, the CH&PA Board is presently examining this deal and giving consideration to “all possible financial implications”.

Meanwhile, former Housing Minister and PPP Member of Parliament (MP) Irfaan Ali is calling on the government to honour its commitment and allow allottees the opportunity of benefiting from the deal.

Ali said the problem with the APNU+AFC administration is that it has continuous conflicting policy direction and therefore this does not bode well for the future of the country and its citizens.

CH&PA Chairman Hamilton Green
CH&PA Chairman Hamilton Green

“If you have a minister appointed with responsibility with housing then that minister must have authority vested in her to work with policy that would improve the housing sector. The Ministry of Housing doesn’t have an executive chairman and he (Hamilton Green) is not supposed to be holding press conferences and making announcement on behalf of CH&PA…the government can’t appoint a rubber stamp as minister…the minister must have authority to make decisions on policy and programmes for housing policies…the minister has direct responsibility for that ministry and must be allowed to function and execute her task,” the former Housing Minister under the PPP/C  contended.

Ali, under whose tenure as Housing Minister saw a massive boom in the housing sector across Guyana,  argued that the government of the day should not and cannot back away from this public announcement/commitment especially since the lives of thousands of Guyanese and the future of many will be adversely affected.

“I know many persons who were saving over the last few months to cash in on this deal and the minister must have made an assessment of financial implications, management and administrative implications…you can’t make an announcement that is blank to achieve political mileage…The Chairman of the CH&PA is out of line because he is not an executive chairman…I am calling on the government to honour its commitment,” Ali added. (Kristen Macklingam)

5 COMMENTS

  1. Bullshit propaganda at its best! I’m sure if this was true, it would’ve been all over the news. Gawd y’all idle.

  2. Seems as hammy is back at it again. Idk why granger and Co didn’t give he a proper post rather than a below par posting.. more than conflicting policy. And more embarrassment for the govt. It sounds as if hammy running the show and the rubber stamp is the minister who has a decent record..

  3. Hopefully this is not true ,and that the President does not allow a ”fossil” to sidetrack genuine people’s benefit.
    In the first place the lots were overpriced; for the first time ,I am forced to agree with Irfaan.

  4. When creating social programs, feasibility studies are needed. An idea is only great as an idea but it will only work if studies (research) are done. One has to study the demographics and access to the needs for that social program to become a successful initiative. Lots to learn form one’s mistakes and correct the approaches to social programs.

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