By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Minister of State Joseph Harmon on Tuesday told media operatives that the building on Hadfield Street, which once served as the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, is now being leased as an annex to the Minister of the Presidency.
He said that the government is paying the same rent that was paid under the Former PPP administration.
That rent is some $400,000 per month. Harmon indicated that the building houses Presidential Advisors and their staff.
It is owned by the law firm – Hughes, Stoby and Fields.
Harmon says that the political Opposition can access the resources that are for use by the Office of the Opposition Leader, at any time that is convenient to them.
Harmon made the comment after People’s Progressive Party Chief Whip Gail Teixeira complained that the work of the Opposition Leader’s office was being hindered.
Teixeira claimed that this was due to some unwillingness on the Part of the government to relinquish the resources from the Office.
The Opposition Chief Whip said the government’s failure to account for the assets should be investigated by the State Asset Recovery Unit, particularly since it now claims that the assets are being used by the new government.
But, according to Harmon this is not the case.
“The furniture is in the building they have to come and move it. I am not moving any furniture for Rohee or for Jagdeo or anybody. It is there they can get it when they want,” said the Minister of State.
Pointing to some missing 13 computers, Harmon said that he has never been contacted by the PPP on the issue.
“Ms Teixeira has not contacted me neither has she contacted the President on this matter. If there is an issue about computers let them contact us…what is the big thing about a couple of computers…I don’t know what it is the PPP believe that is in there is just some furniture a photocopier and a couple of laptops,” he indicated.
“They could have it now, they could have had it last week,” Harmon lamented.