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Government Ministry of Public Security News

Number 2 Sub-Division debate champions – win inaugural Commander’s Cup Debating competition –  Corporal Royden Sealey adjudged Best Speaker

 

DPI, Guyana, Monday, April 30, 2018

The New Amsterdam Town Hall was filled with excitement as the curtains came down on the inaugural Commander’s Cup inter-division debating competition on April 27. Number Two Sub-division (Borlam to Moleson Creek) triumphed over Number Three Sub-division (West Coast Berbice).

Commander of B Division Lyndon Alves hands over the coveted trophy to the winning team – Number Two sub-division.

The competition was the brainchild of the ‘B’ Division, Divisional Commander, Assistant Commissioner Lyndon Alves and was designed to select the best debaters for the annual national police debating competition which will be hosted later this year.

Debating the moot on the topic ‘Corruption is more of a perception than a reality in the GPF’ Corporal Royden Sealey and the team from East Berbice proved too much for the opposition their West Berbice counterparts. The Number Two Sub-division team scored 581 to cop the first prize trophy, $200,000 in cash, the best speaker prize and bragging rights for a year.

Second place winners Number Three sub-division with 496 points did not leave empty-handed; also taking away a trophy in addition to $150,000 in cash prize.

Commander Alves explained that competition was established to provide ranks that are often overlooked with an opportunity to compete. “In the past many times we have fielded a team to participate in the competition simply because they participated the previous year but this year we have had the opportunity to see many talented junior ranks stake a claim. This not only allows us to choose the best within the division but also allows their superiors to recognise their abilities and help push them in the right direction for the benefit of the force,” Alves said.

The coach and mentor Abu Hurriah will now select the best debaters and prepare them for the national competition. Hurriah posited that given hard work, determination and commitment ‘B’ Division will be a force to be reckoned with at the nationals.

Royden Sealey who was adjudged best speaker collects his trophy.
Officer in Charge of Number Three sub-division (West Coast Berbice) Elton Davidson hands over the prize to second place winners, Number Three Sub-division.

 

 

 

By: Nafeeza Yahya-Sacoor.

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Government Ministry of Public Infrastructure News

Infrastructure Minister, team assess East Coast communities -commitment made to upgrade roads, bridges and street lights

DPI, GUYANA, Monday, April 30, 2018

The stalled rehabilitation of the Grahams Street in Plaisance will soon recommence. This follows a commitment by Minister within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Annette Ferguson to ensure the roadworks are resumed.

Minister within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Annette Ferguson engaging residents of Sparendaam .

The repairs to the street began under the then Public Works Ministry.

“The Ministry will work along with the regional administration, to have our technical teams conduct a feasibility study and assessment and then proceed to have the necessary measures taken,” Minister Ferguson said. She was at the time conducting an infrastructural assessment visit to the communities of Plaisance, Goedverwagting and Spareendaam in Region Four.

At a community meeting held at Plaisance Primary School, following the assessment, Minister Ferguson committed to addressing the issues of poor internal roads, damaged bridges, drainage and irrigation, inadequate street lights and improper solid waste disposal affecting the communities.

The Minister noted that some of the problems raised would have accumulated over a period of time.

Minister Ferguson explained that her Ministry has already budgeted for programmes in 2018 for which it must attend. She however assured that the savings accrued will be utilised to realise the commitments made during the visit.

“We have to ensure that the critical programmes we catered for in 2018 are well executed, whatever savings we have we will try to address some of the most critical areas in these communities.”

Chairman of the Demerara/Mahaica Regional Administration, Genevieve Allen commended the much-anticipated visit by Minister Ferguson.

The visit is a precursor for others to come to assess and address any infrastructure developments in several communities on the East Coast of Demerara.

Minister within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Annette Ferguson conducting a walkabout in Goedverwagting.
Minister within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Annette Ferguson and Chairman of the Demerara/Mahaica Regional Administration assessing a bridge in Plaisance.

 

The audience at the community meeting.

 

By: Ranetta La Fleur.

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Government Ministry of Public Infrastructure News

“Take back your communities at upcoming LGE”- Min. Ferguson tells ECD communities

DPI, GUYANA, Monday, April 30, 2018

Minister within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Annette Ferguson urged residents of Plaisance, Goedverwagting and Sparendaam on the East Coast Demerara to actively participate in the upcoming Local Government Elections.

Minister within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Annette Ferguson.

At a community meeting held at the Plaisance Primary School on Sunday, the Minister reminded residents that the elections represent an opportunity for them to elect councils and councillors who will ensure the development of their respective communities.

She emphasised that choosing the best official to serve the communities will ensure that programmes such as garbage collection, maintenance of drains, community roads and the street lights are executed by the NDCs and that the residents are not left dependent on the Ministry for these services.

“Areas such as these are managed by NDCs which get a government subvention and collect taxes to execute such programmes. So, that everything does not have to be done at central government level,” Ferguson explained.

Minister Ferguson reiterated that failure to grasp the opportunity to participate in the elections could result in a reversal to the decay that beset many for too several years.

Technical Advisor to Minister of Communities, Shawn Austin.

“If you examine infrastructure in certain communities you would find that for 20 plus years, there were blocked drains, no street lights, deplorable bridges and roads and taxes were not collected in a timely manner. You have to go out in your numbers and cast your votes solidly to change the current dynamics,” Minister Ferguson stressed.

Echoing the same sentiments, Technical Advisor to Minister of Communities, Shawn Austin noted that LGE was resuscitated by the government to empower persons to participate and to lead in the renewal of their communities.

Austin told residents that this local democracy is important because “it lets you understand that we serve you the people and we listen to you in the decisions you make in your constituencies and the representatives. Hence the reason the government brought back the local government elections,” Austin underlined.

Local Government elections were successfully completed in Guyana, after a 22-year delay, on Friday, March 18, 2016.

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has been allocated some $2.9B for the holding of the elections, will be constitutionally due between the beginning of November and early December this year.

The 2016 LGE saw a 43 percent participation. However, this government has set a higher percent target for 2018.

A road in Plaisance.
A bridge and canal in Sparendaam.

 

By: Ranetta La Fleur.

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Government Ministry of Public Infrastructure News

Elevators for Pedestrian Overpasses to be installed shortly – MPI

DPI, GUYANA, Monday, April 30, 2018

Elevators for the pedestrian overpasses at Houston, Peter’s Hall, Eccles, Providence and Diamond on the East Bank of Demerara (EBD) have arrived in the country and are expected to be installed shortly.

The newly arrived elevators.

The elevators were manufactured by Cibes Lift Group AB, of Gävle Sweden, and supplied by their authorised distributors for the Caribbean, RBP Lifts Limited in Trinidad.

Project Manager (ag), Donor Programmes at the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Mark Greene explained that each of the five-pedestrian overheads will have two elevators; one at each end of the walkways. According to Greene the elevator installation process will take five weeks.

The Ministry is awaiting an installation schedule from RBP Lifts.

Greene said that the public will be informed of the installation schedule for each location. He urged that when the process begins that citizens be patient and considerate of the temporary disruption that will result.

The pedestrian overpass projects are part of the Ministry of Public Infrastructure’s continued efforts to improve road safety countrywide. They provide a safe, well-lit and convenient facility for pedestrians, to cross the busy four-lane EBD Public Road and thereby reduce accidents.

In 2017, two US$364,000 contracts were awarded to S. Jagmohan Hardware Supplies for the construction of the overpasses at Diamond and Providence; a US$1M contract was awarded to B & J Civil Works for those at Houston, Peter’s Hall and Eccles.

 

 

The newly arrived elevators.
The newly arrived elevators.

 

By: Ranetta La Fleur.

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Government Ministry of Legal Affairs News

Anti-corruption crusade making strides

DPI, Guyana, Monday, April 30, 2018

The anti-corruption crusade of the Coalition Government is making strides. This is according to Attorney General Basil Williams SC., who was addressing the fifth in the series of Anti-Corruption Sensitisation Seminar, on Monday, at the Regional Democratic Council office in Fort Wellington, West Coast Berbice.

Minister of Legal Affairs and Attorney General Basil Williams SC.

The forum was organised by the Attorney General’s Chambers and the Ministry of Legal Affairs in collaboration with the regional administration.

Participants included regional and NDC officials, teachers, health workers, as well as members of the disciplined services.

AG Williams told the participants that the seminar series is intended to sensitise them to the pitfalls of corruption and the economic importance of an “un-bribable” public service.

He noted that the country has made significant headway in addressing corruption. The  Special Organised Crime Unit has been working on anti-money laundering and the countering of terrorist and financial crimes. The AG pointed to the recent charges of misconduct in public office by officials of the previous administration. This, he said stemmed from three years of investigations by the police and the advice of the Police Legal Advisor Claudette Singh SC.

Some of the participant at the Anti-Corruption Sensitisation Seminar.

He urged the participants to join the fight against corruption and to disseminate the message of anti-corruption in their agencies and in the communities.

Also, in attendance at the seminar was a legal team that include the Deputy Director of the State Assets Recovery Unit (SARU), Aubrey Heath-Retemyer, Chief Parliamentary Counsel, Charles Fung-a-Fatt, Principal Parliamentary Counsel, Joann Bond Parliamentary Counsels Cheyenne Lall, Dianne Woolford and Ariel Haynes, Legislative Drafting Consultant, Ananda Dhurjon and Assistant Director Public Prosecutions, Teshana James-Lake.

There were overviews of the State Asset Recovery Act and State Assets Recovery Unit; presentations on the Protected Disclosures Act; the Witness Protection Act and the Criminalisation of corrupt practices.

The participants were involved in a question and answer session with the members of the legal team for over an hour before the proceedings ended.

Previous seminars were held in Regions Two, Three, Four and Six.

 

By: Clifford Stanley.

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Government Ministry of Natural Resources News

Guyanese on Bob Douglas Drillship see “exciting times” – drillship providing opportunities for personal growth

DPI, GUYANA, Monday, April 30, 2018

The buzz continues over the many benefits to be had from Guyana’s emerging oil and gas sector.

Three Guyanese employed on the Nobel Bob Douglas drillship said they are thrilled at the prospects ahead.

During a ministerial visit to the drill ship on Sunday, the Department of Public Information caught up with the three, who were among 23 other Guyanese that were able to secure jobs on the vessel, some 88 miles off Georgetown. They are delighted at the experiences which they say, will set them on a path of upward mobility.

The Ministerial team in conversation with Andre Persaud on Sunday.

Camroy Hobichan is head of housekeeping on the drillship. The Berbician said his daily routine is to plan menus that will satisfy the taste and preference of the over 60 nationalities on board. “What this means, for me and my family is a sacrifice we have to make. Everyone makes a sacrifice in life for the better and I think this was a good choice for me,” Hobichan told DPI.

Former GDF staff, Nikisha Thomas is the “day cook” but does not plan to stay in that position for too long. She said there are many opportunities for any one person.

“It is a challenging, new environment, but at the end of the day, it is getting you geared for new positions. You wouldn’t come here as a cook and stay a cook you have other areas you can develop in.”

Then there is 25-year-old Andre Persaud whose mission is to excel in the hospitality and mechanical engineering fields on site. He said he jumped at the opportunity to be part of the oil industry as he has some of the experiences the sector is seeking.

“There are many opportunities for computer science, engineering, you name it, there are tons and tons of opportunities. You just have to develop yourself and follow it.”

The Noble Bob Douglas hovers above the 13th well being drilled by ExxonMobil in the Stabroek Block. The US oil major has found crude at 11 out of 12 wells drilled to date which marks seven discoveries. Making up the Guyanese contingent on the vessel are 14 persons in the catering operations, four roustabouts, two clerks, one doctor, and two logistics support personnel.

 

By: Alexis Rodney.

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Government Ministry of Legal Affairs News

CFATF Judges and Prosecutors Conference for Thursday opening – 25 representatives to participate -international cooperation and countering terrorist financing among discussions  

[fruitful_sep]DPI, GUYANA, Monday, April 30, 2018

Challenges relating to international cooperation and the roles of judges and prosecutors in countering terrorism, terrorist financing and violent extremism will be addressed at the upcoming Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) Judges and Prosecutors Conference to be hosted here from May 3-5, 2018.

Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams, SC says the hosting of this very important workshop signals a step in the right direction by the country, which was once blacklisted by both the CFATF and the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) under the previous People’s Progressive Party (PPP) regime.

Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams, SC.

Since then, Guyana has established the legal framework to ensure it is compliant with CFATF and FATF regulations. The country is now working towards clearing the fourth round of mutual evaluation.

During this round of compliance monitoring, the FATF conducts peer reviews of each member on an ongoing basis to assess levels of implementation of the organisation’s recommendations, providing an in-depth description and analysis of each country’s system for preventing criminal abuse of the financial system.

The coalition government has also taken steps to ensure the country’s financial systems become fully compliant with anti-money laundering regulations, among them the enactment of the AML/CFT legislation, appointment of a director and deputy director for the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and making the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) functional.

The three-day Judges and Prosecutors Conference is dedicated to workshop exercises and discussions on CFATF’s mutual evaluation reports, investigative orders, prosecution and management of money laundering cases, among others.

Guyana will be represented by two Judges and the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Shalimar Ali-Hack. The judges were selected by the Chancellor of the Judiciary Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards.

The meeting is being hosted in collaboration with the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). Over 25 representatives are expected for the event.

President David Granger and Commonwealth Secretary-General, the Right Honourable Patricia Scotland, will open the conference.

By: Stacy Carmichael

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Government Ministry of Communities News

Region nine blazing trail with PARD

DPI, GUYANA, Monday, April 30, 2018

Fulfilling a charge given by President David Granger, the Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo region said it is a step closer to realising its Plan of Action for Regional Development.

Last Friday, Regional Chairman Brian Allicock presented the plan to Toshaos and village leaders of the North Rupununi District Development Board at Bina Hill, Annai. The region is the second to undertake the mandate, following Region Ten which completed theirs back in 2016.

Regional Chairman, region nine Brian Allicock.

Allicock said his region has for the last three years been working with the Ministry of Communities to realise the plan.

The ten-year plan underscores the strategic, economic, social and environmental development of the more than sixty villages that make up the region. It consists of multiple objectives, public involvement and adaptive management.

It is also receiving technical support through monitoring and evaluation from the United Nations Development Project and Conservation International.

Allicock encouraged village leaders to complete their village plans, which he said will be incorporated into the Regional plan.

Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan has been pushing the establishment of PARDs at his many visits to local authorities.

Lauding the accomplishment of the Region Ten administration on the establishment of its PARD back in 2016, Minster Bulkan had said that it had taken Guyana 35 years to honour Article 77 of the Constitution which states: “The development programme of each region shall be integrated into the national development plans, and the Government shall allocate funds to each region to enable it to implement its development programme.”

 

By: Alexis Rodney.