Almost one year of not holding a press conference to field questions from the media regarding his government’s policies and programmes, President David Granger has now given his word that he will meet with local media operatives when he returns from the CARICOM Heads of Government Summit, which is slated for July 4th- 6th 2017, in Grenada.
“When I return from the CARICOM Summit, I will have a full press conference,” Granger said on Wednesday during a brief interview with media operatives.
Moreover, the President said that his weekly broadcasts of “The Public Interest” will restart upon his return. The program has been paused for some two months.
President Granger has been under severe pressure from various stakeholders, particularly the Guyana Press Association (GPA) and the Parliamentary Opposition for not hosting regular engagements with the press.
Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, on Monday last, called out the President for not dealing with critical issues affecting the country like job creation and a stagnant economy.
“When have you heard the government speak about those things… all of these issues? And the President hides from the media, so you can’t get to explore these matters,” he lamented.
Prior to that, the GPA had also called on the President to host press conferences to answer questions about his Government’s policies and programmes.