The residents of the Essequibo Coast continue to experience flooding from heavy rainfall. Around 2 pm on Saturday (July 23rd) I received phone calls from residents of Mainstay/Three Friends and Hampton Court that their yards and lower flats were under water.
Antonio and Joshua George, victims of the fire which engulfed the Drop-In Centre were laid to rest recently.
In the total confusion which ensued, during the fire one of the children remembered his brother was not with him, and paid the extreme sacrifice.
Two recent reports in the news caught my attention. There was the Minister of Public Infrastructure making some very pointed remarks on procurement; and then there was the matter involving the Matron of the GPHC.
Many vacancy advertisements in the local media seem to ignore some basic criteria of cost effective advertising, such as the need to catch the attention of potential candidates and to attract a sufficient number of applicants to facilitate a competitive selection process.
According to the media there appears to be a misconstruction of roles, respectively of the Chairman and Board of the Guyana Revenue Authority, and that of the President, GPSU; probably because in one instance the authors are uninformed of the Revenue Authority Act 13 of 1996, amended by 16 of 2003, Clause 2 (1) which reads as follows:
“Functions of Governing Board (16 of 2003)
“(1) The Governing Board shall be responsible for –
“a) subject to subsection (2) the approval and review of the policy of the Authority;
“b) the monitoring of the performance of the Authority in carrying out functions; and
“(c) the discipline and control of all members of staff of the Authority appointed under this Act.”
In an apparent rush to personalise a difference of positions between the two parties much ado has been made of the quoted expressions of the Chairman, as distinct from the statutory authority of that office and the Board.