AG reminds Deeds and Commercial Registry staff of duty to serve faithfully and professionally
Attorney General’s Chambers
Ministry Of Legal Affairs
Sunday, August 16, 2020
— warns against corruption
On Friday last, the Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Hon. Mohabir Anil Nandlall, visited the Deeds and Commercial Registry Authority offices at the ground floor of the High Court building, and at Lot 1 High and Commerce Streets, Newtown.
During his visit, the Deputy Registrar of Deeds (ag), Ms. Zanna Frank, and Registrar of Companies (ag), Ms. Nicole Prince, took the Attorney General on a tour of the two locations.
They also took the opportunity to raise, with him, the challenges that the agency currently faces, including, physical space for staff, storage capacity, as well as, other operational challenges. The Attorney General reminded that the Authority is governed by a Board, and that the issues will be raised at the next Board Meeting.
However, the Attorney General lent his support to work with the Board to ensure that the problems are addressed, including, extending the building at High and Commerce Streets. Minister Nandlall further explained that in his previous stint as Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, it was then that the new location at Avenue of the Republic was acquired from New Building Society Limited, and was retrofitted to house the Commercial Registry and the Land Registry.
The Attorney General reiterated that the intention then was to acquire possession of the First Federation building located on Croal Street
to renovate it and use it to give additional accommodation to the Authority, especially much-needed vault space to store documents.
The Attorney General promised to resume that initiative.
In his address to the staff, the Attorney General outlined his expectation that the two Registries must be continuously modernised to render its operations more efficient and expedient. He reminded the staff that the agency is instrumental in the developmental agenda of the country, in particular, in the area of commerce, trade, industry and housing.
He reminded the staff that they must serve the people of Guyana, as well as foreign investors, faithfully and professionally. He warned against bribery and corruption at the agency, highlighting that unfortunately, rumours of that existing at the agency are publicly quite prevalent. He admonished that any such incident discovered will be properly investigated, and persons implicated will be dealt with in accordance with the law.