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Integrity of new Oil and Gas Association boss under microscope

Left to Right: President of the Guyana Oil and Gas Association (GOGA), Bobby Gossai Jr; GOGA Director, Nigel Hughes; Resident Representative of the Inter-American Development Bank, Sophie Makonnen and Canada's Ambassador to Guyana, Pierre Giroux at the launching of GOGA.

Left to Right: President of the Guyana Oil and Gas Association (GOGA), Bobby Gossai Jr; GOGA Director, Nigel Hughes; Resident Representative of the Inter-American Development Bank, Sophie Makonnen and Canada’s Ambassador to Guyana, Pierre Giroux at the launching of GOGA.

Less than one week after the Guyana Oil and Gas Association (GOGA) was formally launched, the future of it President and Chief Executive Officer, Bobby Gossai Jr. hangs in the balance after reports surfaced that he was named in a recent government-sponsored forensic audit.

GOGA said in a statement that it was unaware of the “specific contents” of the Audit Report referred to in the Kaieteur News article. “The Board of Directors has since secured a copy of the Audit Report and will be considering the contents of the report as a matter of urgency,” the organisation said.

Gossai is a former employee of the Ministry of Natural Resources.

GOGA noted that Gossai, who was employed as part of its start-up process, is still on probation and “this period has not yet come to an end.”

“The Board would like to assure the public that it is committed to the highest levels of transparency and disclosure in its efforts to develop a viable successful Oil and Gas Industry in Guyana,” GOGA’s Board said.

Assurances of transparency came just three days after that was highlighted as one of the key ingredients in the hydrocarbon sector. Guyana is expected to begin commercial oil production in 2020.

Executive member of the African Cultural and Development Association (ACDA) , Eric Phillips and Retired Rear Admiral, Gary Best on Wednesday separately criticized  GOGA’s composition.

  • Kassem_B

    ‘Integrity of new Oil and Gas Association boss under microscope’
    Not in the least surprise
    Also the entire setting up of this Organisation
    1. The haste
    2. The selection of the ruling and social class of this Organisation
    3. The lack of deliberate non-transparency especially the killer phrase in the headline ‘to look after the interest of the Guyanese people’