The staff of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) will be more visible in the fields as the commission is viewed as ‘top heavy’, according to Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman.
Trotman told reporters at a recent press conference GGMC’s administrative staff is larger than its field staff and operational staff. “I think we may want to put more people in the field to do more monitoring and evaluation, and enforcement,” he stated.
Trotman likened this move to be as similar to that of the Guyana Police Force which has also decided to “put more boots on the ground”, and have more ranks visible within communities, to increase effectiveness.
According to a GINA report, the move by the GGMC will see more in-house staff exposed in the field. Trotman also noted that “there are no immediate plans to hire more staff.”
The Ministry will be moving towards greater partnerships with the Ministries of Public Security, Public Infrastructure, Public Health, Communities, Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs and other agencies which come into contact with hinterland residents.