Govt not satisfied with parking meter contract – Harmon


…says consultations ongoing, ‘will make decision at right time’

State Minister, Joseph Harmon earlier today indicated that the Government is not yet satisfied with the parking meter initiative and consultations are still ongoing to ensure that all parties involved are satisfied.

Flash back February 9, 2017 – President David Granger flanked by Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Basil Williams, Minister of State Joseph Harmon and Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan meeting with Mayor Patricia Chase-Green and Town Clerk Royston King on the parking meter project

“It is in fact a matter which Cabinet is concerned about, that cabinet has basically believed that we should continue to have consultations with stake holders so that we can arrive at a position that will be beneficial to all parties and at our last cabinet meeting that matter came up again and we’ve agreed on a further level of consultation,” he said.

The Minister, in a press briefing today told media operatives that the Government still “needs to be satisfied about some matters with relation to the contract itself and the way how the matter is being dealt with.”

In addition, Harmon noted that these discussions will have to arrive at a certain point before any final advice is given by the state on that matter.

“Once the government is satisfied with all of the information before it then we will actually make a decision in relation to the city council itself, because it is a contract between the city council and a private investor and therefore the government’s involvement is basically to look at it …and advise the City Council as to what the government’s position is” the State Minister posited. 

This declaration by the government comes at the heels of the sixth Parking Meter protest which was conducted yesterday in front of City Hall.

Protesters are continuing their call for the parking meter contract to be revoked, since according to them, it is not fit for a country like Guyana. (Ramona Luthi)


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