Ganga’s representation in National Assembly indefinite

Ganga Persaud taking the oath of office as Local Government Minister in 2011.

By Kurt Campbell

[] – General Secretary (GS) of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Clement Rohee on Monday (February 17) disclosed that former Minister of Local Government and Regional Development Ganga Persaud’s stay in the National Assembly is currently indefinite.

Persaud resigned from his Ministerial post in January, which took effect from January 31 but had said at the time that he will remain a member of the National Assembly.

However, the former Minister has missed the last two sittings of the House since tendering his resignation on January 17. Rohee told reporters that Persaud’s absence was voluntary and a definite position on his future involvement in the House will be known soon.

Minister of Local Government, Ganga Persaud.
Former Minister of Local Government, Ganga Persaud.

Meanwhile, the GS also disclosed that at the administrative level there has been no formal discussion on who will substantively fill the post of Local Government Minister or on the appointment for a Minister within the Ministry.

“Our aim has always been to fill vacancies but no one has been identified for the posts as yet,” Rohee said.

Currently, Minister within the Ministry Norman Whittaker is acting as the Local Government Minister; a Ministry which has seen the need for two Ministers for its effective running in recent times.



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