[www.inewsguyana.com] – Former Attorney General, Anil Nandlall has criticized the APNU+AFC government for the lack of transparency in the award of contracts regarding the cleanup exercise in Georgetown.
Nandlall during a press conference on December 02 said that the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) welcomes the initiative but nothing is known about the spending of the public funds.
“The Mayor and his crew have been in office for 20 years and we have never seen a cleanup campaign of such magnitude and diligence although while we were in government, hundreds of millions of dollars were pumped into the city council annually by central government to do precisely this. It was never done,” the PPP Parliamentarian said.
He told reporters that the PPP is concerned about the absence of transparency and public accountability regarding how much money has been spent thus far “and from whence it has been sourced; how many contractors have been given contracts and what are the value of these contracts; by what process, if any, were these contracts awarded; were these contractors also handpicked?”
Additionally, he accused the government of using monies from the cleanup project to fund its campaign for the upcoming Local Government Elections.
“Our information is that huge sums of money from this project are being siphoned off to be used for Local Government Elections and that is the reason why there is an absence of transparency and accountability.
“We are simply asking for information to be made public regarding the expenditure of public funds, millions of which are being spent to clean up the city of Georgetown – an exercise we support – but there is absolutely no accountability. We are not told what these projects are. We have our suspicion that monies are being siphoned off to go towards funding election campaign for Local Government Elections,” the former Attorney General said.