[www.inewsguyana.com] – The National Assembly last evening approved the budgetary allocations for the Guyana Defence Force that was set at $9.1 billion.
According to GINA, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, having been asked to explain the $157 million allocated for training, indicated that the amount extends to training officers in Brazil and China. Further, training is still being conducted under the Trade Winds Programme.
Asked about $157 million proposed for buildings and whether this was for the construction of a floating base, the minister said, it was not. The allocation of $9.1 billion will see the following capital expenditure works being done; completion of Cadet Officers’ Dormitory at Base Camp Stephenson and the Engineers’ Office at Timehri; the construction of an ablution block at Tacama Training School and fence at Mabaruma; upgrading of facilities at Base Camp Stephenson and Ayanganna, and; electrical upgrades and perimeter lights at Base Camp Stephenson and Ayanganna.
$62 million will go for Marine Development of the GDF which includes the completion of the training school in Kingston, Georgetown. $154.4 million will be spent to procure vehicles, boats, motorcycles and All-Terrain Vehicles and $5 million for the rehabilitation of animal pens to aid the development of the Force’s Agriculture Corps.