By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – There is growing controversy surrounding the recent appointment of Alliance for Change (AFC) Member Trevor Williams as the Director of Youth.
On Friday, June 06, a press advisory confirmed the appointment of Christopher Jones as Director of Sport and Williams as the Director of Youth in the Department of Culture Youth and Sport; however Junior Education Minister Nicolette Henry could only confirm the appointment of Jones at a press conference on Monday, June 08.
The Advisory from the Ministry on Friday clearly stated “the Ministry of Education, Department of Culture, Youth and Sport invites the media to a press conference on Monday, June 8, 2015 at 10:00hrs with Minister Nicolette Henry. Two new appointees to the Ministry, Christopher Jones and Trevor Williams will also be attending the press conference.”
However, Henry now says that Williams’ appointment was pending and he is being “considered” as a possible candidate for the post.
“The Director of Youth has not been appointed…they are currently doing interviews,” said the Junior Minister.
When asked whether there are other persons being considered for the post, Henry responded in the affirmative pointing out that there is the possibility for a “broad cross section” of persons to be employed.
However, sources close to Williams told iNews that the Former AFC Parliamentarian has been confirmed to the post but he is yet to occupy his office.
The source indicated that the controversy may be brewing because the “news of the appointment was premature.” Reports have also indicated that Education Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine was not consulted on the appointment of either of the two men.
iNews was also reliably informed that Dr Roopnarine had also offered the very position to APNU’s James Bond. Efforts made by iNews to contact the Minister on the issue proved futile.