[www.inewsguyana.com] – The opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Tuesday issued a press statement in which it accused Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson and the government by extension of being disrespectful and insensitive.
The Party said it has noted the call by Patterson for residents of the Essequibo Coast and the North West District to make an “official call” and “formally” approach him before he addresses demands for reduced transportation costs to travel on government owned ferries and steamers.
“The PPP views government’s position on this matter as disrespectful, insensitive and wholly unacceptable,” the statement noted.
According to the PPP, the Minister is virtually telling the people “to come beg me and I will think about it”.
The PPP recalled that the call to reduce the Berbice Bridge toll was politically initiated by the AFC as a vote-getting exercise and later became an APNU+AFC demand that was reflected in their election’s Manifesto.
“As far as the PPP can recall there was never ever a demand for a official call nor for a formal approach to be made to anyone for the Berbice Bridge toll to be reduced. The APNU+AFC made this demand as part and parcel of their elections campaign. And its genesis was inspired by the AFC as a political football,” the statement added.
The PPP says it supports fully the call by the Essequibo and North West residents for a significant reduction in the fares of the government owned ferries and steamers plying the Georgetown, Essequibo and Georgetown North West routes and demand equal treatment for all Guyanese.
“The ferries and steamers rates must be reduced.”