By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Today, Monday August 24 marks 100 days since the APNU+AFC has been in office and a renewed commitment has been made by Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo to fulfill its 21 promises made in the 100 days plan.
The Prime Minister at a press conference today acknowledged that the administration has not been able to deliver on all that was promised and cited various reasons why this is the case.
“Where there had not been completion of a particular promise in terms of implementability, I had said what was the reason…for example, the Public Procurement Commission, which had required certain specific mechanisms to kick it into action. We have in fact to 100 day today, kept those promises and we are continuing to deepen the implementation of all those promises,” the Prime Minister said.
He explained that government was challenged by several issues, including floods, territorial threat from neighboring Venezuela and the Opposition PPP which boycotted Parliament and refused recognise the legitimacy of the APNU+AFC government.
When asked when the remaining promises would be fulfilled, Nagamootoo could not give a specific deadline, but assured that the government will keep it word.
“This has never happened before or 53 years in my service to public life, I have never seen any political party being as bold as this coalition to put in writing what it intended to do in 100 days and that must go to our credit and show the extent to which we intend to keep those promises,” Nagammotoo said.
A quick perusal of the 100 days plan will indicate that 14 of the 21 promises were delivered by the coalition government, which includes lowering the Berbice Bridge toll, salary increases for public servants, implementation of phased VAT reduction, increase in old age pension, reduction of the President’s pension and other benefits, return of TV Stations to Lindeners, tax exemption on equipment for small scale miners, cane workers and farmers conference; rice farmers, millers conference; investigative commission on corruption, code of conduct for Ministers, Parliamentarians and other government officials; national Toshaos conference, adoption of a long term sustainable economic plan and the implementation of the Anti Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Act.
Other outstanding promises include naming a date for the long overdue Local Government Elections, establishment of the Public Procurement Commission, establishing passport and birth certificate licensing offices in Berbice, Essequibo and Linden; task force for crime, security and road safety; national conference on women, national youth conference and the liberalization of the telecoms and ICT sectors.