A packaging plant will not be a magic bullet to salvage Jagdeo’s sugar decision

Dear Editor, In making his case for an increased financial contribution to the state-owned Guyana Sugar Corporation President Jagdeo is quoted as saying that “government’s commitment to sugar has nothing to do with the workers being ‘a party support base,’ but rather with the development of the sector which contributes some 16 per cent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product.” One is never sure whether the President’s loose use of facts and data is politically driven or is evidence of his unfamiliarity with up-to-date national income statistics.

Water quality from the Shelter Belt has been on a downward spiral for over twenty years

Dear Editor, In an article published on May 14 in the Guyana Chronicle, Minister of Housing and Water, Irfaan Ali stated, “that over the past five years the percentage of persons across the country with access to potable water has increased from 71% to over 98% resulting in the promotion of healthier lives and improvement of economic activities throughout the country.” This claim by Minister Ali lacks credibility. 

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