[www.inewsguyana.com] – The move to have Dr. Maurice Odle as Chairman of NICIL was done in the best interest of transparency, according to Minister of State, Joseph Harmon.
The government had initially named Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan as the Chairman of NICIL, but he was removed after refusing the position.
“The Finance Minister requested to be removed because he felt that he could not be exercising ministerial supervisory control over entities, and still be sitting on a board that was expected to be independent and give advice,” Minister Harmon said at a recent post cabinet press briefing.
The Minister explained that the new approach taken by government will see a review of the existing system, and the implementation of recommendations that are aimed at making the activities of government more transparent.
“We have become more open. These are the things that the Guyanese public in the past might not have heard about. We are making it known to everyone that this is what we’re doing. We are happy for the criticisms and the recommendations, we accept them in good faith,” the Minister of State said.