Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan has lauded the work of Transparency Institute of Guyana Inc (TIGI) saying that “our democracy will be half-baked if public interest watchdogs such as TIGI are not effective”.
The minister was at the time delivering the feature address at TIGI’s Annual Fund-Raising Dinner at the Guyana Pegasus Hotel in Kingston Georgetown on Saturday, March 11.
Underlining the importance of the work of the transparency body, Ramjattan said “This group of dedicated patriots who exercise so much grit, courage and eagle instincts must continue to probe their flashlights into our affairs” adding that their investigative work and frank, sharp comments must stay here with us.
Meanwhile, in relation to the Forensic Audit Reports, he said that Cabinet decided the required action to be taken by the respective Boards, “such action must be taken by those Boards”. He added that where criminality was suspected, those must be taken to the Commissioner of Police.
“We feel that in as much as the Government had commissioned the Forensic Audits, it is the responsibility of the respective Boards to oversee the implementation of the recommendations of the Auditors. Many of these recommendations involved reviewing and tightening of systems and procedures. Boards must work with Management to ensure that that is speedily done,” he said.
The minister disclosed that those other Forensic Audits which required police investigation were referred to the Police Commissioner and then relayed to the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU).
At the event, a number of organisations and individuals received certificates of appreciation for their contribution to the organisation over the years. (Carl Croker)