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Jagdeo is a “a waste” and “a relic”- says Trotman during Petroleum Commission Bill debate

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo (background) and Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman jostled each other to contribute to the debate on the Petroleum Commission of Guyana Bill.

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo’s boast that his People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC)-administration is responsible for Guyana becoming an oil-producing nation, and suggestion that the two-year old coalition administration should set up the Norway-model Sovereign Wealth Fund sparked off Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman labelling him a “waste.”

Jagdeo called on government to swiftly enact legislation that would pave the way for the establishment of a Sovereign Wealth Fund, saying the Norway approach is best for Guyana to manage and save large inflows pf oil revenues. “That’s why a Sovereign Wealth Fund of the Norwegian type model, not a Trinidad and Tobago model, should be established and brought to this House urgently to ensure that we can manage those resources well,” he said.

However, the Minister of Natural Resources told Jagdeo that his suggested model for the fund is outdated. “Mr. Speaker, all those who lecture about Norwegian models obviously are in the dark ages because the new literature says that the Norway model cannot apply to countries that are developing like Guyana. Do some new reading. You are in the past. You are in the past, You are a relic. You are a relic. Your time has past, you are irrelevant and your time is up” said Trotman.

Just before Jagdeo concluded his contribution to the debate on the Petroleum Commission Bill, he remarked that the APNU+AFC coalition administration would lose the next general elections due in another three years. “By bye 2020,” said the former President who many believe has his eyes set on the presidency again if the Caribbean Court of Justice upholds a Guyana Court of Appeal ruling that a two-term presidential term limit is unconstitutional.

But Trotman later retorted: “Mr Speaker, the Opposition Leader has to remember he is in the Opposition and has to remain in the Opposition….We will not be lectured by the Leader of the Opposition on good governance; anybody else…never, never, never”

The Opposition Leader and the Minister of Natural Resources also tangled over the attraction of major investments to Guyana during the past two years, with Jagdeo saying that it was the PPP that not only brought ExxonMobil to Guyana but also two major gold producers that today contribute to the country’s revenue.

“You are not the initiators, the creators of this industry. You now have been given temporary stewardship over the industry and so I would urge you to be constantly reminded that so far we have seen a lot of talk about gold production and largely because of the efforts of the People’s Progressive Party and the new people who were brought in here so I am glad that this government is so excited by these sectors given the efforts of the People’s Progressive Party government; they should really be thankful,” Jagdeo told the House.

He added that the Opposition was not jealous or envious about the oil industry, but was “worried about incompetence” that would lead to the oil earnings being squandered by government.

Trotman, in wrapping up debate, vowed that he would not allow himself to be lectured by Jagdeo, whose tenure as President from 1999 to 2011, had been characterised by drug money and corruption and several failed projects like the US$200 million Skeldon Sugar Factory, Marriott Hotel as well as the Berbice River Bridge, and the National Insurance Scheme. “Every sector that he touched is down because of him,” he said. “You could say whatever, you are failure. You are a failure. That is why you are sitting there because you failed, that is why you sitting over there. You failed.”

The Minister of Natural Resources slammed Jagdeo for “grazing which ended in the gutter” and later cautioned him by implication against doing so again. “Some of us should not go about grazing because they are dirtying themselves and they are smelling bad,” he said

The Petroleum Commission of Guyana Bill has been sent to a bipartisan parliamentary select committee. The Board of the regulatory semi-autonomous body will include a representative each from the opposition and civil society.

When the Petroleum Commission is established, it will take over all responsibilities for the petroleum sector from the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission.

  • Second Coming

    Jagdeo is right to lash out at the coalition, because the coalition did not do what it was supposed to do with Jagdeo after May 2015. That he has the temerity to even show up in Parliament and boast about anything, even about winning in 2020, is proof the coalition failed the majority of voters who wanted to see this snake crushed.

    • Lancelot Brassington

      It takes time, method and a legal process. They can’t just pay grey boy to rub him out. That is the PPP way not the coalition way. Its all about process. The Pradoville ll trial may not land him in jail but its details and revelations have the potential to wound him severely, especially if his minions are jailed while he is protected by presidential immunity.

      • rudeo

        don’t forget the 200 000+ who are labelled racists and will circle their wagons around him…..you and all others who brand the other side as racists cannot shake their support…..what makes anyone think that the taint of corruption will move support from the 200 000+?…..nagamouth and jattan are the losers here….and by extension soldier boy not guaranteed 11% as 2015…….of course the threat of beatings etc. may keep them away from the polls…..and the established rigging machinery that is already oiled and being put in motion…..guess Guyana will be that country that will end the Dutch disease and resource curse so evident in the other oil producing countries…..we have our top legal boys led by Basil Willie to negotiate in our BEST interests

        • Col123

          No way jose where jaggie will get anywhere…. his and others fate are sealed. We have the election for this unity cohesion party (USP) for the next fifty years..

  • Col123

    This chap Jaggie has 200,000 “self destructive ” voters according to feddie…Feddie’s diplomatic way of saying that these folks will vote for a “waste “!….but feddie is a West Indian….

  • Gtloyal

    Win or lose in 2020, Jagdeo, as in the past, will never do what is beneficial to Guyana but to his pocket. Winning, he will squander all oil income by creating useless projects under the pretense of creating jobs and that no one will be allowed to monitor so he and his clique can (mis)appropiate the larger chunk of what’s budgeted. Again, those who vote for him will have nothing to get.

    • Col123

      You mean jaggie will pass wind!… we have this government for the next 50 yrs… brace yourself for the good life ….

      • Gtloyal

        Though we believe in democracy, which guarantees the right to regular changes of governments, unlike you, we cannot find ourselves encouraging the clique of well known narco-kleptocrats whose only interest is their own pockets, not caring that it’s at the expense of the people’s right to a safe and decent life, as an alternative to the present government. Consequently, if this means having the incumbent for the next 50 years, then so be it …. Just give thanks!

        • Col123

          What democracy?… 28 years of frigging the country’s election by the PNC is DEMOCRACY???… well, welcome to another fifty years of it!

          • Gtloyal

            Was 23 years of frigging the nation’s treasury any better?
            Was 23 years of frigging the country with narcotics preferable?
            Was 23 years of frigging 400 plus black youths your way of saying we are One People, One Nation, One Destiny?

          • Col123

            Frigging what treasury ?there was enough fo 50% raise!
            You better check who are the drug mules!..and yes..let’s find out who those financiers and trainers were for those who met their demise with their AK 47s!

          • Gtloyal

            50% raise for a few dozen hard working citizens, including your reps can’t even build the gate to Pradoville, your HQ of kleptocracy.
            And we don’t know about mules here. We know about private jets with special hangars at our international airports and that were sometimes used by past presidents. Sorry about your unfortunate stop in PR.
            Now, are you telling a lie and believing it yourself? Well, students here don’t go to university with AK’s. Nor do our press workers go to work with them; nor do our ordinary man on the street. As for their assassins’ trainers, ask that guy who was granted a special 15 years protection by good ole uncle Sam. The financiers, everyone knows, were certain “wastes” and “relics” who even facilitated certain laptop that was used to spy on the people. Have a kool day and ponder that while we prepare for our oil!

          • Col123

            You are just full of it.,, you getting bassidy over the point…. Let me assure you… I was assigned to South Command for several years and recuse myself from Guyana issues. I know about what happened there . Don’t shoot your crap!

          • Gtloyal

            If you know what happened in Guyana then you know that I shoot truthful “crap” … but never throw it on newspaper columnists because I don’t like what they write.

  • eddie

    as I said before jagdeo is an albatross for the PPP and these guys will always point to these accusation and pelt it at him even forgetting there own (remember the little boy trotty) and this will go on until the PPP executive has the balls to pick a new leader and until then this government get a free past,,,, PS: to all jaggie supporter I think he was one of the most progressive president for Guyana so far (see I don’t hate him) but he need to move on

    • Col123

      Eddie…And what’s wrong with our unity cohesive current government?..look, I just invested in a salt business bro… salt and rice with some coconut oil is still considered a meal in some countries!

      • eddie

        nothing is wrong my brother it’s cohesive and unified GUYANESE STYLE

  • Col123

    tell them pro…you have a lot of experience as a thief man…

  • Gtloyal

    If this government is reaping the benefit of anything PPP, it is just because of the PPP thieving ways … they got a kick in the rump …out, and stay out! Ask your Jaggie. Can’t blame anybody but themselves.

  • Gtloyal

    Maybe not the best way to address someone in Parliament but isn’t it the truth? Even the PPP would agree they need a new face.