[www.inewsguyana.com] – Minister of Social Cohesion in the A Partnership for National Unity, Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) Government, Amna Ally says that governance and parliamentary matters are among the issues listed in her portfolio, according to the Government Information Agency (GINA).
During an interview with GINA at her office located in the Office of the President [which is to be renamed the Ministry of the Presidency], Minister Ally added that while she will be involved in governance matters in and around the government unit, she would also be in charge of parliamentary matters.
She expressed the hope that when Parliament is reconvened and all the terms of reference for the Ministers are made out, by then she would be able to clarify the issues which would become her priority.
Observing that the name of the unit is a new one, Minister Ally explained that she is currently studying what happened within it during the tenure of former Presidential Advisor on Governance Gail Teixeira of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic.
She pointed out that, “I am more or less studying what’s been happening, and then I am going to do an assessment in collaboration with the President and other members of the Cabinet, then we are going to take it from there. I am still new in it and am trying to find out what exactly should be the priority.”
It should also be noted that while Ally says she will be responsible for governance issues, President David Granger has since appointed and sworn in AFC member, Raphael Trotman as Minister of Governance. This is one of the many new ministries created by Granger.
iNews had reported on Friday that the Ministry of Governance will serve to improve the quality of governance in the country, in particular the observance of constitutional provisions.
Trotman will also be responsible for the establishment of a Commission to look at constitutional reform and to ensure that there is stricter application of Article 13 of the constitution which calls for inclusionary governance.
While this is the case, Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo had stated that he will be responsible for the country’s constitutional reform.