[www.inewsguyana.com] – Head of the E-Governance Project, Alexei Ramotar is denying that he has not reported for work since the APNU+AFC administration took office close to 38 days ago.
On Wednesday, June 24, Minister of State Joseph Harmon related that Ramotar has not reported for duty, shortly after addressing a post cabinet media briefing.
But Ramotar contacted iNews on Thursday morning to clear his name and at the same time used the opportunity to criticise iNews for not trying harder to contact him.
“I haven’t missed a single day…not a single day,” said Ramotar, adding that his office is located at 110 Duke and Barrack Streets, Kingston.
According to Ramotar, the Project principals have been forwarding reports to the Ministry of Finance, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Presidency and the Deputy Head of the Presidential Secretariat.
He indicated to iNews that he is required to report directly “to the Director of Telecoms, Geeta Raghubir.”
He says he is now trying to make contact with the relevant authorities at the Ministry of Presidency to rectify the issue of his alleged absenteeism.
Ramotar, who is the son of Former President, Donald Ramotar, indicated that he was upset since iNews was unable to make contact with him for a response on the article.
“How come I was able to get your cell number in five minutes and you weren’t able to get mine?” he questioned in a hostile manner. It should be noted that iNews did try to contact Ramotar prior to the publication of the initial article.
The project entails the laying of fibre optic cables from Brazil to Guyana and began more than four years ago under the watch of Ramotar and has suffered a slew of major setbacks in the past years.
The project, when completed, is supposed to see the establishment of a robust ICT system that will improve the internet connectivity within Guyana and increase access to international carriers, through the implementation of Guyana’s first 4G network utilizing TDD LTE technology.