Apologise immediately to IDB, Norway – Gov’t tells Opposition

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An overhead view of  the Amaila Falls taken by GINA in 2012.
An overhead view of the Amaila Falls taken by GINA in 2012.

[www.inewsguyana.com] – The political opposition has been accused yet again of attempting to destroy the results of hard work undertaken by Guyanese over the years.

In a statement from the Office of the President which rejected claims by the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) that the Government of Norway and the Inter-American Development Bank are colluding with the Government of Guyana to violate the Constitution of Guyana though a conspiracy regarding funding for the Amaila Falls Project, the government said the Opposition has revelled in spreading lies and distortions about Guyana’s development initiatives. 

The administration says it does not intend to lower itself to engaging with such a preposterous assertion, but calls on the Opposition to immediately apologise to Norway and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

“In its desperate attempts to destroy development projects, the Opposition frequently resorts to false accusations of corruption where none exists, in order to create a fog of misinformation that sows doubts and fears in the minds of the people of Guyana,” the statement added.

Government believes its motivation in assisting the people of Guyana is purely honourable; adding that the idea that such a conspiracy could be concocted between the Government of Guyana, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Government of Norway is simply ridiculous.

The Government instead reminded that on October 24, 2014 President Donald Ramotar gave an address to the nation, concerning Guyana’s Low Carbon Development Strategy, with a specific focus on Amaila Falls.

In his address, President Ramotar pointed out that of the US$150 million received by Guyana to date in payments for forest carbon, US$80 million would be invested as Guyana’s equity in the Amaila Falls project.

The President pointed out too that in August 2013, “self-serving political games attempted to destroy the project that was about to benefit all Guyanese by providing them with affordable, reliable, clean energy.”

His Excellency then proceeded to give the strong commitment that he would not give up in the face of such base-less attacks and that his Government would remain steadfast in pursuing this transformative project.

To this end, the administration says the Opposition refuses to acknowledge that Government made more than four presentations to them on the Amaila Falls project starting in March 2012 through August 2013 and in addition shared the principal confidential agreements in the project and requested comments / questions on these documents.

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