By Kurt Campbell
He was at the time responding to the President’s recent reflection of his term in office which is likely to end prematurely, where he [Ramotar] said more could have been achieved and regarded his tenure of office as “mixed.”
According to Granger, the most serious of all Ramotar’s failure is his neglect of the nation’s youth. He said that second most serious of his failures is the administration’s response to the issue of safety and security.
When asked about his performance, Granger used words like “splendid” and “magnificent” to describe it and went on to outline how the coalition which he heads in the National Assembly has ensured accountability and service to the Guyanese people, on the part of government, over the years.
“President Ramotar will be remembered forever as the President who inflicted the greatest damage on parliamentary democracy by his 10th November prorogation of Parliament,” Granger said; adding that “he has failed, moreover, to conduct the prescribed periodic local government elections provided for and protected by the Constitution.”
Reading from a prepared statement at his end of year press conference this morning (Friday, December 19), the Opposition Leader pointed to failure in the public health strategy; saying the President and his Minister of Health have failed to implement a comprehensive public primary health care strategy.
He said too that President Ramotar and his Minister of Home Affairs have failed to make Guyana safe for citizens and for investors; pointing out that the combination of corruption, cronyism and other crime has taken a toll on the quality of life.
On the issue of a public youth policy, Granger said there no strategy for providing jobs for thousands of young people who leave school every year; adding that unemployment is the central issue affecting young people.
On a more serious note, for which a court Order has been filed by the Opposition Leader; he said President Ramotar has failed to control public finance excesses.
“His Minister of Finance had to be referred to the Committee of Privileges twice this year first, because he refused to comply with Resolution 15 that was passed by the Assembly on the 27th June 2012 which required him to lay a report in the National Assembly on all Extra-Budgetary agencies including the Guyana Development (Lotto) Fund and GGMC and directed him to pay all monies being held by these agencies into the Consolidated Fund and, second, for spending money in excess of the sum approved by the Act of Parliament.”
The Opposition Leader believes President Ramotar inherited a “bundle of flawed public infrastructure projects” from his predecessor and had no strategy of his own and failed to record a single success.
He reminded that Cabinet Secretary Dr. Luncheon admitted that “the government has not been able to achieve the objectives of the…prorogation” but believes it is an understatement.
“In fact, it is clear that President Ramotar has not been able to achieve any meaningful objectives on anything – democratic governance, economic development, human safety and social cohesion. The Donald Ramotar presidency has failed.”