[www.inewsguyana.com] – The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has objected to Alliance For Change (AFC) member, Dr Veersammy Ramayya being appointed as the Regional Executive Officer (REO) for Region Six – East Berbice/Corentyne.
A press statement from the PPP noted that Dr Ramayya has no “professional experience or skills set to fill this highly technical position, nonetheless he was appointed to this position to replace a highly skilled professional public servant, who served as REO for a number of years in several regions, who was removed from his job because of his perceived allegiance to the PPP.”
iNews had reported Dr Ramayya will be taking up the post on Monday, September 07, replacing Paul Ramrattan, who served under the PPP.
But the Opposition Party made it clear that Ramrattan “was neither a member nor activist of the PPP. Several technically trained Regional Executive Officers have been dismissed from their jobs. The reason given is that REO’s must not have any political connection.”
“However, Ramaya is an AFC leader and was a candidate on the APNU+AFC National List in the May 11 General and Regional Elections yet he was appointed an REO. This latest duplicitous and hypocritical act of political patronage and cronyism is another example of the APNU Government abandoning its campaign promise of professionalizing the public sector,” the PPP noted.
The Party believes that this move by the APNU+AFC government is to politicize the regional administration and to ensure that the “Party hacks have a stronghold on the region’s budget and finances and this political contamination must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.”
Ramayya had recently revealed his intentions to resign from the AFC after he was not offered a post that best suits his capabilities in the APNU+AFC government.
“As of now I am the one appointed by Government as REO…they realized that I am an asset…they know my input and they came up with this solution,” Dr Ramayya told iNews.
He says he is satisfied with this position since “the package is far more lucrative than what I was previously offered.” Dr Ramayya believes that his input is invaluable noting that “if it wasn’t for me, the APNU+AFC would not have (been in office) today.”
The AFC member indicated that he received his letter of appointment from the Office of the Prime Minister, where he had declined to take up a post when the coalition ascended to government.
He stated that the previous job offered to him would have effectively seen him working as a “Liaison Officer” to the Prime Minister where he would be required to “take calls and record complaints and then report back to the Prime Minister.”
Ramayya told iNews that although he had signaled his intention to resign from the AFC, he did not follow through with it after thinking the issue through.