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Date: 23 May 17 08:43pm
âThe Contingencies Fund continued to be abused with amounts totalling $1.992B drawn from the Fund being utilised to meet expenditure that did not meet the eligibility criteria as defined in the Act.âThis is according to the most recently tabled Auditor Generalâs Report which documents the audit on the public accounts of the Ministries, Departments and Regions for 2009.The report also stated that there were 11 special accounts which have some $4.7B which was supposed to have been transferred.Another $12.6B is also being held in special accounts for Ministries/Department Accounts which were also not transferred to the Consolidated Fund.The audit also revealed that the old Consolidated Fund bank account was overdrawn by $46.823B as at December 31, 2009; and the new Consolidated Fund Bank account was overdrawn by $2.292B.As has been pointed out in previous reports there is still a significant amount of overpayments to contractors.The report found that the overpayments to contractors totaled some $99.151M and occurred on measured works for contracts undertaken by Ministries, Departments and Regions. Of this amount, $73.363M was in respect of previous years while $25.788M was in respect of the year under review.According to the Auditor General, noticeable among the overpayments are amounts of $17.997M, $16.920M and $14.445M, with respect to the Ministry of Education, Region Two, and Region Ten, respectively.âMore so, these entities are facing serious challenges in the quest to recover the amounts overpaidâ¦Even more troubling is the perceived managerial inaction in relation to this troubling trend, since there was no evidence to suggest that disciplinary action of any kind have been meted out to engineering or other staff involved in the assessment of works in progress and the certification of progress payments.âThe Auditor General also pointed out that several breaches of Tender Board Procedures occurred, especially in Region Four and at the Guyana Elections Commission, Cheap Jerseys, where contracts were subdivided in order to avoid adjudication at certain Tender Board levels.âAlso, quotations from suppliers were falsified to facilitate the awarding of contracts to specific persons, and purchases were made from individuals that were not considered to be established suppliersâ¦As a result, fraudulent practices to the value of $11.2M were perpetuated on the Regional Administration for Region 4, â for 2009.An issue which has attracted a lot of controversy in the past has resurfaced again.It was found by the Auditor General that a sum of $1.404B was paid to New Guyana Pharmaceutical Corporation Limited on the basis of sole sourcing approved by National Procurement and TenderAdministration Board, and not by competitive bidding as required under the Procurement Act (2003).The transactions with the firm were for the procurement of drugs and medical supplies.It was also found that the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation also procured drugs and medical supplies at a cost of $731.024M, based on awards of 13 contracts by National Procurement and Tender Administration Board, without a system of competitive bidding as required under the Procurement Act (2003).It was found also that the slow processing of pay change directives in several Ministries and mainly in the Regions, resulted in overpayments of salary totalling some $64.215M, including related deductions amounting to $14.975M, that were paid over to various agencies.The Auditor General reported that of these amounts, $54.853M and $11.025M, respectively were in respect of previous years.âMinistries, Departments and Regions have faced serious challenges in recovering such sums, particularly because banking institutions require authorisations from account holders to do so and statutory agencies, such as, the Guyana Revenue Authority and National Insurance Scheme have not fully complied with requests to refund sums overpaid.âThe Auditor General also said that the State Planning Commission, which was to have been dissolved several years ago and its operations transferred to the Ministry of Finance, continues to be in existence and has the status of a separate legal entity.Although the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation and the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority operate as separate legal entities, they continue to receive appropriations instead of subventions from Government in contravention of the requirement of the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act, the AG noted.
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Date: 23 May 17 08:42pm
Member of Parliament of the Peopleâs National Congress Reform, Clarissa Riehl, has said that the unfolding stories surrounding the appointment of Mr. Henry Greene as Commissioner of Police point to a possible cover-up by the President of his own association with the embattled Commissioner.Her statement was made Thursday during A Partnership for Unity (APNU)âs weekly media briefing.According to Ms Riehl, the diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks suggest that President Jagdeo sought to give the impression that he was unaware of the questionable activities of Commissioner Greene before appointing him to that position.âGuyanese must be reminded that before his appointment as Commissioner, Mr. Henry Greene was Crime Chief and as Crime Chief, Mr. Henry Greene was well placed to know of the drug trafficking, money laundering and other illegal activities going on in Guyana.âRiehl added that with the safety and security of Guyanese as his principal responsibility, David Njoku Jersey, the President should have been aware that the Guyana Police Force (GPF) was not preventing or solving crimes. She reiterated that the President should have been aware of what his own Minister of Home Affairs knew about Mr. Greeneâs performance and conduct.âOver 400 homicides remain unsolvedâ¦the President should have been aware that when Mr. Henry Greene was Crime Chief, Guyanese were being executed at alarming rates and no one was being caught.âRiehl further stated that drug couriers were being busted overseas after safely passing through security at Timehri. In addition, containers of drugs were showing up in ports around the world after leaving Guyana undetected and yet the shippers were not being identified or pursued.âWith that record of performance, Mr. Henry Greene should have been assessed, at the very least, as an incompetent Crime Chief. He should have been fired, not promoted.ââFlying in the face of the glaring evidence, President Jagdeo went ahead and appointed Mr. Henry Greene as Commissioner of Police despite the widespread insecurity at the time and the warnings of foreign friends and donorsâ.Ms Riehl further stated that it is therefore difficult to escape the conclusion that President Jagdeo based his appointment on what he knew of Mr. Henry Greeneâs activities and performance as Crime Chief and he approved of them.âThe President can fume, fret and rail as much as he likes, but anything linking Mr. Greene to questionable activities also links him to those activitiesâ¦as the Head of Government, the President is responsible for the safety and security of the Guyanese peopleâ.Meanwhile in the wake of all this, the APNU has promised that under their leadership, safety and security of Guyanese will be made a top priority.Ms Riehl said that the party has a clear vision of how to take the country out of the current state of insecurity and humiliation.
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Date: 23 May 17 08:42pm
BENGAL FARM, CORENTYNE â Despite the El Niño situation, more rice lands are under cultivation in Region Six this year. For the first crop (spring crop), 48, 600 acres of land was sown. This crop began in December 2009. Harvesting commenced three weeks ago and should be completed by the end of May to make way for the last crop (autumn crop), which would start mid-May.President of the Guyana Rice Producersâ Association Leeka RambrichUp to Friday, the Front Lands (areas from Crabwood Creek to New Forest along with East and West Canje, the East Bank of Berbice and New Amsterdam) harvested 3, 870 acres of paddy at 31 bags per acre. The four schemes comprising Black Bush Polder reaped 2, 720 acres at 32 bags per acre. Based on this pattern, President of the Guyana Rice Producersâ Association, Leeka Rambrich, is predicting a higher yield than the last crop in 2009 when the yield was between 28 and 29 bags per acre. Nationally the yield was 28 bags per acre.Rambrich posited that whatever shortfall there is in other geographic regions, Region Six can take up the slack with the increase of acreage and yield. He noted that whatever is paddy left to be reaped would be at a yield above expectation. He gave the assurance to consumers that there would be no shortage of rice both on the local and overseas markets.The 2009 last crop saw 46, 980 acres of rice planted, thus satisfying the cultivation target. It represented a 511 acre increase when compared to the 2009 first crop (Spring Crop). In the 2009 autumn crop, Borlam/East Bank planted 3, 100 acres, Borlam/Hogstye â 4, 505, Adventure/Number Sixty-two Village â 12, 235, Number Sixty-two/Number Seventy-four Village â 6, 727, Crabwood Creek â 3, 425, Lesbeholden â 9, 988 and Joanna and Yakusari together cultivated 7, 000 acres.The increase in cultivated land acreage was according to Rambrich, a result of stringent measures put in place by the Government, through the Regional Administration. He said there was improvement in terms of drainage and irrigation and generally proper water management.The largest allocation under the Capital Expenditure for the 2009 Budget in Region Six â $102 million goes toward improving the drainage and irrigation system.Meanwhile, Cheap Jerseys From China, paddy bug infestation throughout Region Six is another problem experienced so far for this first crop. Farmers are advised to be on look out and to spray their crops, check their fields and do proper monitoring of the situation. An average of six percent of the crop was affected by the bug, and this is said to be high for the sector. The cause was given as the unexpected showers. Two percent of the last crop in 2009 was infested by the paddy bug, and âred riceâ was an issue.The âred riceâ affected between 12 and 14 percent of that crop. Rambrich described the âred riceâ problem as a national one, though it does not occur every season. The âred riceâ grows together with the regular rice but when it is ready to flower or bear it goes beyond the regular rice and bears on top. It kills the regular rice and takes over the field. When it ripens it does not stay on the ball (stem) for too long, it falls off and ends up back in the field. When harvesting, half of it enters the combine and the remainder falls to the ground.The âred riceâ, though fit for human consumption, is of a low grade and as the name suggests red in colour.Meanwhile, the sector in Region Six is projecting a 50, 000-acre of rice land cultivation for the next crop this year. According to him, more farmers are accepting the challenge thrown out by Government and are returning to rice farming. Some of the areas that farmers are now re-focusing attention to include, Highbury, Mara, Crabwood Creek and the Follow-Up Scheme aback Port Mourant on the Corentyne. Of the 7, 000 acres of land available in the Follow-up Scheme, 2, 000 acres are already under cultivation.Region Six ranks number one in Guyana for this present crop since the most land was cultivated in this geographic location. There are 90, 000 acres of land available for rice cultivation across the Berbice River in Region Five but only 70, 000 is used.Another favourable sign for rice farmers this crop is the price increase for paddy. Between $45, 000 and $52, 000 can now be had per ton of paddy. Last crop the figure was $36, 000.According to Rambrich, the new price was welcomed by farmers since this assisted in cushioning the high overhead cost to pump water because of the El Niño situation.He is appealing to the three main buying centers in Region Six to speed up the intake of paddy in order to prevent spoilage.
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Date: 23 May 17 08:41pm
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Date: 23 May 17 08:40pm
Nine-year-old Satesh Deodat, of lot 9 Houston Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara, and a student of Agricola Primary School, was hit by a speeding motorcycle on a pedestrian crossing about 12:15hrs yesterday.Deodat sustained multiple abrasions, bruises and laceration to the body.According to Ralph Legall, a teacher at the primary school, Jerseys From China, âdetectives were on the road at the time of the accident, and they took the motorcyclist to the West Ruimveldt Police Station. The boyâs left foot is bulging out behind the knee and it looks very seriousâ.Legall further said there is also a traffic sign stating, âSlow down; childrenâs crossing, â to which very few persons would adhere.One eyewitness said that the child was crossing the road and a speeding motorcycle hit him at the middle of the pedestrian crossing.Officers at Ruimveldt Police Station said that charges are likely.