Current building standards cannot be transformed without competent professional bureaucrats in place

Dear Editor, In an SN article of April 6, it was noted that before a building plan is approved by the City Engineer’s Department (CED) of the M&CC, a soils test report has to accompany other building documents for review and approval before construction starts.As a layman I am perplexed as to the relevance of a soils test report per se to the CED in the absence of the accompanying designer’s file giving details on such other vital design parameters as the weight of the structure and the system by which that weight will be safely transmitted and supported by the underlying soil without undue settlement, for which investigation and tests have been carried out.

Guyanese should be outraged by the Sookram case

Dear Editor, The recent report that a Guyanese, Jeetindra Sookram, succumbed as a result of being denied medical attention by a sister Caricom country (Trinidad & Tobago), must cause every Guyanese to engage in deep reflection as to how as individuals and a nation we should move forward with regard to our relationship with the twin island republic.

Parliament should be strengthened

Dear Editor, For years we have been constantly calling for strengthening the institution of Parliament to make it a fierce watchdog of the people’s interest, and monitoring spending by cabinet, public servants and state enterprises.

Deliberate misinterpretation

Dear Editor, During Minister Irfaan Ali’s contribution to the debates in the National Assembly on Monday night, while he was addressing the investments that benefit the people of Leguan in the area of job creation, Nagamootoo heckled, “Leguan people cutting grass.

Apology to Jaipaul Sharma

Dear Editor, I wish to express my sincere apology as a citizen of Guyana, to Mr Jaipaul Sharma, Member of Parliament, for the comment made by our Minister of Education, Priya Manickchand in the National Assembly on Wednesday, April 2.

Ramotar is to be congratulated for raising the law school issue at the Caricom heads inter-sessional

Dear Editor, I am happy to learn from the Attorney General Anil Nandlall’s facebook page that his government is anticipating a reversal of the decision made earlier this year by the Council of Legal Education (CLE) to not renew the agreement to have top students of the University of Guyana automatically secure a place at the Hugh Wooding Law School (HWLS).

Job title misleading

Dear Editor, In a letter by me appearing in SN of April 5 captioned ‘Respects Manickchand for sincere message in parliament’ I describe myself as the Head (ag) of the Learning Resources Development Unit, Ministry of Education.