Damage control after public exposure

first_imgDear Editor,My attention was drawn to a recent article from the Department of Public Information (DPI), published under the title “$200M road to open up intermediate Savannahs -road from Berbice River to Ebini ranch to be completed by September”. This was published on May 30th, 2018. It is obvious that DPI was seeking to do damage control after the public exposure of this project by Citizens’ Report, in an article titled “$100M later and Ebini road yet to be completed, contractor handpicked”. In that article, by way of an invited comment, I asked ten questions and called upon the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) and the Ministry of Agriculture to provide answers and to come clean on this issue with the taxpayers.My colleague, Parliamentary spokesperson on agriculture, Mr Dharamkumar Seeraj, also commented on the issue.Notably, none of the concerns raised by us was addressed in the DPI report. Rather, we saw an attempt to justify this project by explaining that it is to open up the Intermediate Savannahs for farming as a mitigating factor for climate change.The concerns raised, and I reiterate, are the secrecy, the lack of due process, and the alleged numerous breaches of the Procurement Act to facilitate a hand-picked contractor and a now-believed incestuous relationship between the Deputy Director of NDIA, who is believed to be supervising the works and signing off on payments to the contractor he hand-picked. No amount of “fancy footworks” will stop us from pursuing this matter.It is clear that all is not well in the way things are being managed at NDIA, because since the publication of the article, a number of individuals have made contact with me concerning other alleged wrongdoings at NDIA, which again involve the Deputy Director, Dave Hicks.One such revelation has to do with the consultant and the contractor, allegedly for works being done at the rehabilitation of the Three Friends pump station in Essequibo. It has been brought to our attention that the consultancy firm, C.B & Associates Inc., which shares a close relationship with the Deputy Director of NDIA, received a letter of credit of $15 million from Samaroo Investments, the contractor on this project, to secure his bid, and was subsequently awarded the consultancy services for this project.Therefore, a consultant is supervising a contractor on a project the financial security of which is dependent upon that contractor.All of this is known at NDIA, yet nothing has been done to bring an end to this incestuous relationship that exposes the state and taxpayers. This is real Misconduct in Public Office.I hope that the goodly gentleman, Mr Fredrick Flatts, the Director of NDIA, will not allow himself to be used again by the DPI to provide a cover up to obvious corruption.Further, I take this opportunity to call upon the Public Procurement Commission (PPC) and the Office of the Auditor General to immediately investigate these glaring breaches of our procurement laws.Sincerely,Juan Edghill, MPPix saved as credit linelast_img read more

Ex-Man United star talks talks depression, rejecting England and Moyes’ daughter

first_img revealed Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings gameday cracker 3 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won latest England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions After signing in a £15 million deal, the mercurial winger was loaned back to the Eagles and helped them secure promotion from the Championship later that season.However, when he came back the following summer the move turned extremely sour quickly.Speaking to Shortlist, the 25-year-old revealed how life under new David Moyes quickly became hell.He said: “Obviously, getting to United isn’t easy, so not being given a chance is hard to take. I don’t regret anything because it made me stronger. I feel as though I can deal with anything now. BEST OF latest Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion He is now in the form of his life after scoring three goals from four Premier League games so far this season 3 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos The 25-year-old feels ‘loved’ when playing for the Ivory Coast The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 tense revealed Zaha endured a miserable two-year spell with Manchester United “I went through so much with United, with England. There were rumours that the reason I wasn’t playing [many games] for United was because I slept with [then manager] David Moyes’ daughter, and no one [at the club] attempted to clear that up.“So I was fighting my demons by myself, these rumours that I knew weren’t true. I was dealing with this at 19; living in Manchester by myself, nowhere near anyone else, because the club had a hold over where I lived.“They hadn’t given me a car, like every other player [had]. Nothing. I’m living in this hell by myself, away from my family, and I thought, “If this doesn’t make me stronger, what will?”Despite the lucrative move, Zaha went on to explain how, despite rumours to the contrary, having money is not always a good thing for a footballer. SORRY Most popular football stories Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion REVEALED Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update gameday cracker 3 Latest Premier League News Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT silverware predicted silverware Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Wilfried Zaha revealed he was depressed at Manchester United and called his time at Old Trafford ‘hell’ after being left isolated at such a young age.The Crystal Palace talisman was Sir Alex Ferguson’s last ever signing as Man United boss in January 2013. scrap SORRY “I explain this to my friends all the time,” he continued. ” When I was at United I had [money], but I was still so down and depressed. People think your life’s different because you’ve got money, you’ve got fame, so they don’t treat you the same.”After a failed loan move to Cardiff City in 2014, Zaha rejoined Palace for good in 2015 – making just four appearances for United in two years.Despite moving to England at four, the tricky winger decided to represent his country of birth on the international stage a year later.Although he wanted to represent the Three Lions (feeling especially jealous at seeing the success of the World Cup) Zaha remains adamant he will enjoy far more success with the Ivory Coast. He added: “I did want to play with England because I’ve been here since the age of four, but it reached a point where I thought, ‘What am I waiting for? I want an international career, am I really going to get an opportunity [with England]?’“The Ivory Coast had been begging for ages. The country and the fans love me already, and I haven’t even done anything.“I may not get the red carpet, it may not have the same Nike deals as when you play for England, but I’m going to be playing, I’m going to be loved, and that’s all I want. Nothing else.“So when I watched the World Cup I was annoyed, yeah, because we could have been there.”last_img read more