New Demerara River Bridge is a rip-off

Dear Editor,

I was requested to comment on the Feasibility Study and Design for the new Demerara River Bridge prepared by Lievense CSO. (The Feasibility Study is available on web site

As you may recall, on November 13th Stabroek News reported that Ms Gail Teixeira criticized the lack of response from the Public Procurement Commission on her call for an investigation of the questionable circumstances under which Lievense CSO was hired. The commission might also want to consider if the pre-contract award junket organized by Lievense CSO for staff from the Ministry of Public Infrastructure may have influenced the selection process.

My comments on the Study were submitted to the relevant staff at MPI and it was agreed that after my comments were reviewed a meeting would held to discuss same.

When it became apparent that my comments were critical, I was told I didn’t see the big picture which was the need for a new bridge. Well I do see a big picture. What I gleaned from this highly tailored, contradictory, poorly prepared and presented report is the existing bridge which charges a car $200 to cross the river will be closed, forcing all traffic to use the new bridge, and that cars will now be charged $500 per crossing. What a rip-off.

Yours faithfully,

Edward Gonsalves


There is no provision for the VC to step into the void in the absence of the University Council

Dear Editor, As a former Registrar and a former Member of Council, University of Guyana, I paid keen attention to the letter from the university’s unions’ to the Sunday Stabroek: ‘The government has not yet appointed a University Council’ (Jan 14).

Tender forms are on the ministry’s website

Dear Editor, The Ministry of Finance notes a letter captioned `National Tender Administration does not have forms which it has advertised’ which appeared in SN, January 16,2018, and wishes to advise that the forms are available on the Ministry’s website under the tab NPTA.

Why do we identify land for playgrounds and then use it for housing?

Dear Editor, Please allow me in your newspaper to congratulate the learned and esteemed Judge on his decision on January 8th, 2018 in the matter of the land along Eping Avenue, Bel Air Park.

If Guyana remains with two major parties these must transform

Dear Editor, By now, most of us can agree that the political culture in Guyana is stagnated, toxic and based on a tradition that traces its roots back to the divide and conquer era of the British.

Some Post & Telecoms workers land issues still not concluded

Dear Editor, My colleague Lincoln Lewis in his last Sunday commentary referred to the trade unions’ housing drive contribution.

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