APNU says Gov’t spending oblivious to ordinary man

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By Kurt Campbell

The speed boat landing at Stabroek, Georgetown.
The speed boat landing at Stabroek, Georgetown.

[www.inewsguyana.com] – The main opposition, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) says government’s spending on public infrastructure is wrongfully prioritized; drawing attention to the deplorable facilities used by commuters to access water taxis – speed boats landing.

APNU’s Joseph Harmon accused the administration of bullying its way and spending monies that were not approved on projects that result in little or no benefit to the ordinary man.

“We are convinced that government was spending the bulk of your money on projects which did not have a direct immediate and short term benefit for the thousand of poor hardworking Guyanese people,” Harmon said during a press conference on Wednesday, January 21 at the Stabroek speed boat landing.

Harmon decried the state of the Vreed en Hoop/ Georgetown landing facilities even as he reminded that in April 2014, the Ministry of Public Works announced a plan to upgrade these facilities.

Shadow Public Works Minister, Joseph Harmon
Shadow Public Works Minister, Joseph Harmon

A disappointed Harmon sent a strong message to the Minister, advising that the current arrangements at the landings are not of the best, especially at peak hours when passengers are being discharged and loaded into vessels.

“Today we look at another broken promise by the PPP government. Can we accept or tolerate another term of office by this incompetent PPP administration?”

It was noted that many disabled persons cannot use the speed boat or in some cases the ferry service and are forced to utilize other expensive means.

The Shadow Public Works Minister said he would give Minister Benn an ‘F’ grade for his delivery of infrastructural projects and says the excuse that there is no money to upgrade these facilities is baseless.

Harmon says an APNU government promises to deliver to the traveling public within the first 100 days new floating ramps.

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