By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Minister of State, Joseph Harmon has revealed that the government is set to review the functionality of the controversial E-Governance project as part of a wider review of developmental projects birthed under the former People’s Progressive Party/Civic Administration.
Harmon made the disclosure at a post cabinet media briefing on Wednesday, where it was pointed out that the project could still be feasible.
The US$32 million project entails the laying of fibre optic cables from Brazil to Guyana and began more than four years ago under the watch of Alexei Ramotar, son of Former President Donald Ramotar and has suffered a slew of major setbacks in the past years.
The project, when completed, is supposed to see the establishment of a robust ICT system that will improve the internet connectivity within Guyana and increase access to international carriers, through the implementation of Guyana’s first 4G network, utilizing TDD LTE technology.
Harmon told reporters that the project “will come under our radar very very soon…That is another one that is on-going that is eating up public funds.”
The Minister stressed that government may have to draw a line on the project if it continues on its current downward trajectory.
“The manner in which the E – governance had been executed that will also come under review, I am looking at several things in this regard because money is being spent on a daily basis on some of these projects, we may have to just draw the line and say well look no more work until such time,” said Harmon.
The Minister of State also indicated that the Head of the Project, Ramotar has not reported for duty for some 30 odd days nor has he given the government any indication that he wishes to resign.
Efforts made by iNews to contact,the younger Ramotar on the issue proved futile.