By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – After concerns were expressed about the reported planned “closure” of some Government Ministries, should A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) coalition take power after the May 11 polls, AFC Chairman Nigel Hughes has disclosed that this is not entirely the case.
Hughes, who appeared on Hard Talk aired on 90.1 Love FM on Sunday March 29, revealed that what the coalition is planning is to actually “rationalize” the amount of ministries under APNU+AFC government.
According to Hughes, while the amount of Ministries would be reduced, the responsibility for the sector would fall under the auspices of another Ministry.
“It doesn’t mean that the Natural Resources as an issue doesn’t get dealt with. It is just that you are rationalizing it. So when people say closing and reducing the amount of Ministries…what we are trying to do is get the most efficient operations at government level,” Hughes remarked.
Using the example of the Local Government and Regional Development Ministry, Hughes pointed out that Guyana does not need a Local Government Minister if there is a functioning local government organ.
“You don’t need a Minister, this is not a matter for central government to run the affairs of any community…why are you going to have a political appointee running around telling people what to do,” the AFC Chairman explained.
He said that rationalizing does not mean that the persons who are employed under those Ministries will lose their jobs.
“If in the rational review of that Ministry’s operation there is nothing for them to do, I am not sure you can just keep employing people just for the sake of providing jobs,” Hughes said.