By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Head of the Presidential Secretariat Joseph Harmon says the government is awaiting the results of a financial audit of the operations of the Atlantic Hotels Inc – Guyana Marriott before a decision is taken on the way forward.
The Marriott Hotel has been a contentious issue for both the Alliance For Change and A Partnership For National Unity with their arguments being that there was no transparency behind the project.
President David Granger on the campaign trail vociferously stated that the government was better off investing in the University of Guyana rather than in the Marriott Hotel.
“I think if we can build a first star hotel we can build a five star university and this is where our priorities must lay,” Granger repeatedly stated on the campaign trail.
“Cabinet considered the matter and was advised by the Minister of Finance that an audit has already started into the project and cabinet would arrive at a final decision after the audit has been completed,” Harmon told reporters on Wednesday, June 24.
He made it clear that the government has no intention of being involved in the private tourism industry in such a manner.
“Government prefers not to be involved in private business…so that government does not compete with private businesses in that regard,” he stated.