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Parking meter company ‘not obligated’ to release feasibility study on project- SCS Official

SCS’s Business Development Director, Amir Oren

Smart City Solutions will not release the findings of its feasibility study on the viability of parking meters in Guyana, which includes an economic analysis of the country, according to the company’s Business Development Director, Amir Oren.

Oren told the press corps, today, that the feasibility study, conducted some time last year, is the intellectual property of the company, which includes the company’s methodology for doing such studies.

“It’s (Feasibility Study) not something that was ever a requirement of us to release,” according to Oren, who noted the contract was signed May last year.

That comment was made during a pre-recorded press conference along with city hall officials at the National Communications Network (NCN).

The parking meter project continues to face resistance from Georgetown citizens. Since protests started almost three weeks ago, reductions in rates have been proposed, and a top official, Ifa Cush, was fired. Cush was fired because of his “slave mentality” comment against the Guyanese public.

Cush’s dismissal still has to be recorded in official documents, according to Oren, who said the company is in the process of doing so.

FIRED: SCS Director, Ifa Cush

When asked whether Cush voted himself to be fired, since only two Board Directors are listed at the Registry, Oren responded there are other Board Directors. He reiterated the Board requested Cush’s resignation.

He said the company’s other Board Directors are outside of Guyana, and refused to provide information on who those persons were. “When we file it, you’ll see!” Oren told the press corps.

Two actions were brought against the parking meter regime in the High Court. The first was brought by the New Building Society (NBS), which complained the meters were an inconvenience to their staff and customers.

High Court judge, Justice Brassington Reynolds, had ordered the Town Clerk, as well as the Minister of Communities, present an argument why the parking meter project should not be quashed. That matter comes before Justice Reynolds on Monday.

Another action, brought by Mahendra Arjune, in the High court, saw acting Chief Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards making another order for both the Mayor and City Council, and the Town Clerk, to provide evidence why the parking meter contract should not be quashed. This matter also comes before Justice Reynolds, but on February 27.

  • Emile_Mervin

    As a private investor, SCS is not obligated to turn over any document pertinent to its investments in Guyana. However, the obligation is on the Mayor to produce the deal in its documented format to the public for perusal.

    In fact, the plaintiffs in the ongoing court case are not treating the investor as the defendant; that role is set aside for the Mayor and her Town Clerk.

    I hope the plaintiffs ask the judges to have the Mayor turn over to the court the documents outlining the deal, because the Mayor and Town Clerk are public officials representing the public interest, and there should be no secrecy about this deal that seeks to take money from the public for using public space.

    A full public review of the documents could determine whether the deal can be legally squashed or if it will be left up to republic to starve the meters.

    • brain dead idiot

      seems as if the deal is in the intrest of themselves

  • rudeo

    These people are vulgar ….this is Guyana of the 21st century…..not populated by sheep…..these dumbos must go….rue, arrogant, eye pass, and the lot

  • rudeo

    With you on this…..pressure to let them pack up and leave….starve the meters