By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Junior Education Minister Nicolette Henry says that a task force will be established to deal with the issues surrounding the operations of the New Opportunity Corps (NOC), which is Guyana’s juvenile holding centre.
Over the years, the NOC has been the topic of spirited discussions with many accusing the former People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) administration of neglecting the facility and allowing it to run awry.
When asked by iNews about the APNU+AFC’s plan for the facility, Henry said that she already conducted a site visit to the NOC and from what she observed work is needed but in a “strategic manner.”
“I believe a task force will be put in place to address some issues that exist and identify areas needed for improvement…I don’t want to get into the specifics until such time that task force identified,” said the Junior Education Minister.
A Commission of Inquiry was convened into the operations at the NOC in 2013; however the results of that Inquiry was never released in the public domain despite President David Granger, while serving as Opposition Leader, urging for the results to be released.
Henry told reporters that she has been furnished with a copy of the report, but she is yet to review it to an extent where she would be free to elaborate on what obtains within the document.