Since assuming office the David Granger administration has ordered 15 Commissions of Inquiry (CoI) and the opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) would like to know how much they have cost the country and what action has been taken in relation to their findings.
Questions submitted to the National Assembly by Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira ask that Minister of State Joseph Harmon explain the status of each of the CoIs, whether preliminary and final reports have been submitted and when were they submitted.
Teixeira also wishes to know the costs which have been, or, are expected to be incurred with each of the CoIs, including those, such as the inquiry into the attempted assassination of the President, which are not complete or those about to commence. The monies paid to each commissioner is expected to be included in this response as well as when the reports of the completed CoIs will be made public and laid in the House.
The 15 CoIs include: GuySuCo 2015, Public Service 2016, Georgetown Prison fire and deaths 2016, Education System 2016, and Drop-in Centre fire and deaths 2016.
Additionally, other inquiries last year have been conducted into conditions and benefits of Veterans, the circumstances which led to the collapse of the mining pit and death of Keon Wilson October, allegations made by Barry Dataram against CANU et al, and conflicts at the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority.
Allegations of improper procurement at the Ministry of Public Health, the discovery of a foreign aircraft from Colombia near the village of Yupukaru in Region Nine, the Public Service Commission – 2017 and the interception and subsequent release of an unnamed private marine vessel in the sea space of Guyana between February 11 and 14, 2017 were also the subject of inquiries.
Inquiries into land and the attempted assassination of the President are active while an inquiry is expected to be ordered into the July 9 destruction of the Camp Street prison and the resultant escape of several prisoners.