Granger plans to pass law to reduce Berbice toll; redirect funds to increase salaries

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By Fareeza Haniff

Opposition Leader, David Granger. [iNews' Photo]
Opposition Leader, David Granger. [iNews’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Presidential Candidate of the APNU+AFC Coalition, Brigadier (rt) David Granger has shed some light on how his Party intends to increase public servants salaries by a minimum of 10 percent and reduce the toll of the Berbice River Bridge.

During his appearance on a special edition of Hard Talk aired on 90.1 Love FM, the Presidential Candidate revealed that the APNU+AFC is convinced that a substantial portion of government revenue are “systematically being kept out of the consolidated fund and are being paid directly into funds which are not under the control of the National Assembly.”

He pointed out NICIL, the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), the Guyana Forestry Commission and the Lotto funds as those that are not being put into the consolidated fund.

“These funds run into billions and the funds are so lucrative that the government could have embarked on the construction of a multi – million dollar hotel with funds that are really State funds, they are public funds so we intend to divert the funds from the non – legal sources back into the consolidated fund and we will ensure that the public servants are better paid,” Granger said.  

He believes that in order to have an efficient government, there must be an efficient public service.

“The present administration has treated the public service generally, including the police forces in a very contemptuous manner.  They wait until Christmas time and somebody comes along and gives them 3 or 4 or 5 percent. By that time, the cost of living has risen by 3 or 4 or 5 percent. Public servants are not foolish people, they realise that they are being kept at the same level that they were in previous years.”

When asked, he noted that perhaps 20 percent of the budget is being diverted

“We must bear in mind that a more efficient public service would lead to a more efficient revenue collection, would lead to more enforcement of fines by the police and so on at the courts and will lead generally to greater efficiency.”

Berbice Bridge Toll

Meanwhile, as it relates to the toll of the Berbice River Bridge, Granger made it clear that if elected into office post May 11, his government will pass legislation to ensure that the toll is reduced.

“Well, we are going to be in charge of the legislative branch of the government and we will pass laws to ensure that the tolls are not punitive. Right now we feel they are punitive. School children cannot get to school on time, traders, businessmen, ordinary commuters; it is punitive, it is a drag on development in West Coast Berbice and East Berbice Corentyne.”

This is in total contradiction to what one of his candidates, James Bond, had said during his recent appearance on the same radio programme.

The Berbice River Bridge.
The Berbice River Bridge.

Bond had indicated that if the private companies of the Berbice River Bridge are not in favour of reducing the tolls, then the APNU+AFC government will not go against their wishes.

When asked to respond, Granger said: “Well we will see what is the outcome of the negotiations with the private companies; I don’t want to anticipate that but I am very confident that the next government will be able to give the people of East Berbice more reasonable tolls than what exist at present.”

He committed that there will be consultations with the private companies before any move is made to reduce the bridge toll.

6 COMMENTS

  1. We do not want to anticipate but yet he is promising we will reduce the bridge toll,does this man have any sort of education or is he thinking that we in Berbice are fools so he can tell us any crap that comes out of his mouth.How are you going to pay for these goodies that you are promising ?do you really think that promises win elections?you can promise free bridge tolls we dont need to go back to the PNC days of white mouth so go hide your self and take your new bride Naga (judas) with you because we berbicians are going back home to the PPP.

  2. Jagdeo and Ramotar,repent for the wrongdoings you committed on Guyanese and Guyana as a whole.Your TRANSGRESSIONS have divided and destroyed this nation and will further do so,if you should win these elections,which I believe will never happen.There is an old Guyanese saying,that goes like this:Once bitten,twice shy.and I`m sure you know the meaning of that.We need TRANSPARENCY,HONESTY,FAIRNESS,RESPECT FOR THE LAWS OF GUYANA,TRUST and CHANGES TO THE CONSTITUTION.LESS POWERS TO THE PRESIDENT.I believe APNU/AFC fits those descriptions.IT IS DEFINITELY TIME FOR CHANGE.

  3. When Granger was cornered he said “we’ll see” What a joker for a old soldier!
    That is what I have been trying to show you haters of Guyana that a Soldier who give his gun to criminals and cannot run his own barracks, cannot run a country.
    A Progressive country must be led by an well educated man who understand business like an Economist. We understand business! Granger only how to eat, sleep, and give out guns.

  4. Like Granger said,his,will be an inclusive government, if his party wins,though the PPP/C will have the backseat.I tend to agree with him,so they will be taught how to be transparent,fair,honest and caring,NO CORRUPTION,PLEASE,and NO DIARRHEA.There will be no jet to take you anywhere,but to the Georgetown Hospital.

  5. They make so many false promises that they can’t keep track of each other’s statements. LMFAO. Get real and stop wishing to be at the top because you will never get the chance.

  6. granger talking trash to those who listening to him and urinating and burning ppp flag…granger touch one private or private / government partnership then all will pull out their investments from guyana..

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