Home Letters Ministers must justify their public statements
It is irresponsible and taking the people for granted, for Ministers to make public statements without evidence and justification to the national community. Finance Minister Winston Jordan publicly alleged that the national economy under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration was supported by drug money. Where is the evidence, Minister Jordan? Establish your credibility with a sense of integrity and prove your allegation. The population is waiting for the evidence. Please provide it, Minister Jordan.
There is also the misleading statement by Public Works Minister David Patterson justifying the takeover of the operations of the Berbice River Bridge on the grounds of PUBLIC SAFETY. The Minister needs to explain to the nation what public safety was involved? He is challenged to prove to the nation that public safety was in danger.
Everyone knows that there were no threats to public safety, but a cheap, colluded political ploy and shenanigan to get some votes from Berbice at the last Local Government Elections. That ploy of rescuing the Berbicians from unconscionable prices for crossing vehicles over the bridge did not work, AFC Ministers. Everyone knows the colluded timing of the increases – November 12, 2018, the day for the last LGE.
The other consequence of this action is engendering the lack of confidence in the public-private partnership and scaring away private investors.
Let the Government buy out all the shares with full compensation, and manage and operate the Berbice River Bridge with the same pricing for the crossing the Demerara Harbour Bridge, thereby bringing equity in the river bridge transport system.
The people await the responses of the Ministers.