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Retired NIS General Manager dies

Mr. Patrick Martinborough 

Retired General Manager of Guyana’s social security institution, the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), Patrick Matinborough, has died.

He passed away at his home in Meadowbrook, Georgetown last Friday, August 12, 2016 at the age of 72.

Of his 35 years, at the NIS he served as General Manager from 1988 to 2007.

NIS spokeswoman, Dianne Lewis-Baxter said Martinborough, who possessed a wealth of experience, would be sadly missed. “We will surely miss him. When you think about NIS you think about Mr. Martinborough. He had a wealth of knowledge. His passing came as a shock,” she told Demerara Waves Online News.

The NIS spokeswoman said management was planning a night of tributes ahead of his funeral scheduled for next week Thursday.

In recent years, Mr. Martinborough had not been well but still managed to last year author and launch a book titled “The NIS in Guyana:  It’s Conception Development and Future.” Up to the time of his passing, he had been planning to write another book.

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo on Tuesday hailed Martinborough for his contribution to the development of the NIS.

The Office of the Leader of the Opposition regrets the passing of Mr. Patrick Martinborough, retired General Manager of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS). He had served the NIS from 1988 to 2007.

As the General Manager in 1992 when the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) took office, he worked assiduously with the Board headed by Dr. Roger Luncheon to sustain steps to bring NIS policy and administration into the modern era.

Mr. Martinbourough will always be remembered for his strong support for the PPP/C Government’s successful efforts to transform the financial sector, particularly budgetary control and fiscal considerations during the early years of economic recovery in Guyana.

Mr. Martinbourough will also be long remembered for his leadership qualities of integrity, humility, servility and loyalty in public office, inspiring generations of NIS staffer.

The Office of the Leader of the Opposition extends its deepest condolence to the grieving survivors’ of the Martinborough family at this time of his passing. May his gentle soul rest in peace.

  • Emile_Mervin

    Jagdeo hails former GM of NIS? The same NIS that Cheddie did not agree with Burnham on setting up because it would be have disadvantaged sugar workers? The same NIS Jagdeo raided to help build the Berbice Bridge of which Jagdeo’s BFF, Booby, is now a major stakeholder? Jagdeo mashed up NIS for self-serving reasons because if anyone thinks Booby owns anything, then I have a pharmaceutical company, a Santa Claus complex, a bridge, a radio and TV station, a newspaper and more to sell them. Jagdeo is the epitome of greed.

    • Col123

      Why the infiltration of partisan politics in this man’s passing?…is this what they teach in church ?…

      • Emile_Mervin

        The Berbice Bridge came into being in April 2005 under the 1991 Companies Act. The Bridge received a 21-year regulatory permit grom tge Jagdeo regime to operate from June 2006 to June 2027.

        Patrick Martindale retired in 2007, which means, therefore, he was right there when Jagdeo made his move, via Roger Luncheon and Winston Brassington, to use NIS money to get the Bridge built so his ‘friend’ can benefit. He served their purpose, so the politics you derisively point to started with Bharrat Jagdeo, not with me.

        You have a propensity for engaging in discussions but you lack the background information to help you contribute to advancing the discussion, which is why you should avoid the pitfall getting personal.

        • Col123

          EM ..I commented about the injection of partisan politics. I do not know the gentleman and his politics . I gave you that..Engaging in dragging his character in mud when he is not even buried is below humanity…it is shameful…

          • Emile_Mervin

            My angle is that the PPP put out a statement, thereby inviting political commentary on its statement. If this guy was an adversary instead of a willing player in Jagdeo’s agenda, there’d be no statement of condolence.

          • Col123

            The fact is the PPP statement is one of condolence…along with perfunctory remarks about the deceased…they said what we would expect under the circumstances.

          • Emile_Mervin

            My statement, on the other hand, addresses the PPP’s statement in light of the fact the Jagdeo regime used the NIS and it cost contributors almost GY $6B. Of that total, GY $2.6B went towards the Berbice Bridge and the balance went to the now defunct Clico. I am not going to belabor the point of my post further, but I stand by my statement that Jagdeo raided NIS with great help from its Chairman, Roger Luncheon and others, causing the NIS to be left with a huge financial black hole that the Coalition regime is now looking to fill by tapping into the Consolidated Fund.

            Jagdeo cannot be allowed to preside over Guyana again.

  • Emile_Mervin

    Burnham generally screwed up Guyana with a burgeoning ego and a misplaced ideology , but there were bright spots in his otherwise mixed legacy. And you are right that there are many clowns in the political circus in Guyana! It’s just not a funny show, though!