Major General (rtd), Joe Singh resigns from State positions

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Retired Major General, Joe Singh on Tuesday resigned from his position as the Special Assistant to the President of Guyana, David Granger as well as several other State Boards which he was a part of, including the Protected Areas Commission (PAC) where he was the Vice Chairman.

This information was confirmed to this news entity by a reliable source within the Ministry of the Presidency.

Major General (Rtd) Joe Singh

INews was unable to obtain a direct comment from Singh regarding his resignation and as such, the reason/s for this move is still undetermined.

However, he was quoted in other sections of the media confirming his resignation but did not go into detail, only asking that his privacy be respected.

Singh was one of the eighteen [18] nominees proposed by the Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo to be the new Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).

However, President Granger had deemed him and every other person on the list “unacceptable” and had moved ahead with his unilateral appointment of retired Judge, Justice James Patterson, to the post.

The retired Major General has held senior executive appointments in the public and private sectors – and with an International NGO, spanning a wide spectrum of disciplines.

He was Director General of the Guyana National Service from 1981 to 1990, Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force from 1990 to 2000, Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission for the 2001 Elections, Executive Director of Conservation International from 2001 to 2005, CEO of the Guyana Telephone & Telegraph Company from 2005 to 2010, and Chairman of the Board of the Geology and Mines Commission from 2010 to 2012.

General Singh’s voluntary service included serving as Chairman of Government of Guyana and the Private Sector Commission’s National Working Group for the Millennium Development Goals from 2005 to  2010, and  Chairman of the Regional Steering Committee for the European Union-funded Guiana Shield Initiative from 2005 to 2009.

He is also a Fellow of the UK Chartered Management Institute; a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society; and an Officer of the Order of the Golden Ark.

His commendations include the Military Service Star and national and military awards from Brazil, Venezuela, Suriname, French Guyana, Cuba and the Netherlands.

Further, as an author he has contributed articles on a wide range of topics for local, regional and international publications.

Singh’s contract with the incumbent Administration will end in December of 2017.

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