GWI CEO defends hiring two friends

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By Fareeza Haniff

Dr Richard Van West Charles.
Dr Richard Van West Charles.

[www.inewsguyana.com] – Newly appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Water Inc (GWI), Dr Richard Van West Charles is being criticized for hiring two persons without advertising the positions.

iNews has been able to confirm that soon after he was appointed CEO of the government entity in October, Dr Van West Charles hired Lance Mars as a Consultant within the Bill Department and Lear Goring as the Manager of the Debt Recovery Unit.

Reports indicate that both men are close friends of the CEO. When iNews contacted the Public Relations Department of GWI, it was confirmed that none of these positions were advertised.

When contacted for a comment on the matter on Monday, December 07, the CEO told iNews that those persons who are concerned about his decision to hire the two men should write the Board of GWI.

He confirmed that the posts were not advertised, pointing out that he does not need to do so.

“Well one is a consultant; you don’t need to advertise for consultant position,” Dr Van West Charles told iNews.

When asked if he should have advertised the managerial position, the CEO said, “Well I didn’t advertise for this position because there were a number of other positions that I wanted to look at specifically and I wanted to ensure that I had somebody I can depend on.”

He further noted that he needed someone who is competent enough to deal with the debt at the company. When questioned, the CEO made it clear that he did not hire Mr Goring because he is a friend.

“He had applied to GWI and I know him…but I know many people in the organization so it’s an area that I have responsibility for and…we have shown results already; in the month and a half, we have collected over $50M already in terms of the level of indebtness, so I am satisfied with his performance,” Dr Van West Charles noted.

17 COMMENTS

  1. Granger ,Hamilton Green, Van West Charles and the likes..The Guyanese people have been suckered backed into the same ridiculous Burnham style politics. The Cabacka must be smiling in his grave somewhere in Russia..

  2. This is the same things the present opposition was doing under their reign. Why is all these situations now highlighted? It would be good for us to look at the positives and give the new government a chance.

  3. Well done Mr. Van West Charles, you is the man for the job, put who you thrust, just like minista Harmon putting square peg as REO in all the regions, welcome back to the PNC formulae for hiring their competent people, the voices of Mr. Ramjattan is lost also Mr. Nagamotoo the most humblest of all Guyanese

  4. Side Kick you seem to get dumber by the minute. Are you condoning this practice?????Get your head out of the sand and quickly before you are totally cemented. During the campaign trail your party indicated that they were going to be different/transparent however they have proven otherwise.

  5. COME ON !! WASN’T VAN WEST CHARLES HIRED WITHOUT THE VACANCY BEING ADVERTISED ? HOW DO YOU EXPECT HIM TO DO ANY BETTER ? THIS IS BURNHAM STYLE POLITICS . THE DICTATOR WOULD HIRE PEOPLE HE WAS COMFORTABLE WITH AND TO HELL WIT ADVERTISING OF VACANCY .

  6. People better get dem empty oil barrels ready and some bearing to make the water cart because soon you will need them the water shortage is coming again Van West in charge now.Very soon we will have to pray for rain to fall everyday.

  7. Side Kick why did the ppl put these morons in charge is it to continue the corruption or to change things for the better –are you that dumb?

  8. GWI CEO defends hiring two friends
    Hey he isBunom son in law and watever job he want he gets and whom he want to hire yall cant do squat about it.. Inew should find out how many ex gdf hired by this installed PNC regime already

  9. Side Kick I guess is do fo do. Is not these guys say they would be different?This is why Guyana would always be corrupted because of people like you. When are you people going to stand up and say this is wrong whether PPP or PNC. The PNC was put in there because people were fed up with the corrupt PPP now you talking shit before you say its wrong.

  10. Hiring close friends without the positions being advertised is nepotism and corruption. I will like to hear a comment from Ramjattan (procurement commission man) or Ralph Ramkarran (“anti-corruption czar”). The defacto Prime Minister can also offer a comment because he left the PPP due to: he “couldn’t stand the corruption”. Where are these voices??? We are on the road to destruction again.

  11. There goes burnham again the same he did to country in 70- 90 do as he is a one man show for guyana stop this nonsence people come and have a say or you may have to go to the well for water it happen in the days of the pnc you get water three day for month get old one to tell the young ones

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