[www.inewsguyana.com] – The opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) says its efforts to set up an office for Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is being stymied by the APNU+AFC government’s delay in handing over assets that it had received while in opposition.
On Monday, Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira called on the government to hand over the assets that were given to then Opposition Leader David Granger and threatened to approach the State Asset Recovery Unit on the matter.
The Opposition Chief Whip said the government’s failure to account for the assets should be investigated by the Unit particularly since it now claims that the assets are being used by the new government.
Jagdeo has opted not to use the last office that was being rented by the Parliament Office for Granger. But according to Teixeira, even if the PPP had wanted to do so, the office is reportedly being used as an annex to the Ministry of the Presidency and houses several Presidential Advisers.
She said several assets listed on the Parliament’s registry, as being given to the APNU, were not seen in the building located on Hadfield Street, Georgetown during a recent inspection and the PPP upon query has since been informed that some 13 laptops among other equipment are out in the regions.
Teixeira claimed that any attempt to purchase new materials will put a strain on the $10 million budget set aside for the Office of the Opposition Leader.
She said if the furniture and equipment cannot be handed over then it must be made the subject of an audit.
She also wants the government to indicate when it will be able to set up the office for Mr. Jagdeo; explaining that a contract is already in place for the rental of the new building along Church Street, Georgetown.
The Opposition Chief Whip reminded of the mere days PPP government officials were afforded to hand over assets they had in their possession that belonged to the state following May 11.
She said the government must not show double standards but must hand over the assets soonest.