By Kurt Campbell
Hughes is strongly convinced that Guyanese are overlooked and preferences are given to foreign nationals for various jobs in the country.
He recalled that AFC Parliamentarian, Cathy Hughes had submitted four questions in relation to the issuance of work permits to foreigners to Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee.
Hughes had sought to inquire: how work permits were issues to foreign nationals over the period January 2012 to May 2014; the nationality of each recipient and the duration of each permit; what job each permit holder will be employed to do and the name of the employer.
However, Rohee is yet to provide a response to the inquiry.
“We are concerned that there is no answer to date,” Hughes said; adding that “it was important to get not only figures but the category of jobs and type of foreign national granted these jobs,” the AFC Chairman said.
He recalled what he said was “the Marriott experience where most, even to basic jobs, went to foreign nationals.”
Meanwhile, Mrs. Hughes explained that the AFC has nothing against foreigners or the sourcing of foreign labour; explaining that the Party is merely trying to ensure the rights and opportunities for Guyanese are protected.
“Several countries around the world do and we want to do the same,” she added.
On a separate note, the AFC Chairman recalled that questions in relation to the naturalized of citizens between 2009 to date and a breakdown of nationality were also asked of Ministers; answers to which have not been forthcoming.
He noted that it was particularly important to have such information prior to the announcement of any elections date.