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Governing coalition party calls on Granger administration to release ExxonMobil contract

 

 

Dr. Walter Rodney

The Working People’s Alliance (WPA)- one of the parties in the governing coalition- has called on the Guyana government to release the contract with the United States (US) oil-giant, ExxonMobil, in the interest of transparency and accountability.

“There is no justifiable reason for not publishing this contract. Seeking public comment on it is our democratic obligation. And engaging the widest possible sharing of views can only help the coalition government to make wiser decisions,” the WPA Chairman told Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman in a letter dated June 6, 2017.

In the letter copied to President David Granger and Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, that political party called government’s decision to withhold the contract “unwise” because it is raising questions among the public and opponents of the coalition-led administration.

“Further, as we as a government continue to request from the public their unwavering trust in us, and the decisions we make, we should not give them or our opponents’ reason to suggest that we should not be trusted,” the WPA said.

The WPA, which is part of A Partnership for National Unity that is dominated by the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), urged the administration to release the contract on June 13, 2017 in honour of the “memory” of late WPA co-founder, Dr. Walter Rodney. For years, the WPA had accused the the then  PNC-led administration of assassinating Rodney in walkie-talkie triggered blast on June 13, 1980 at the height of a civil rebellion to dislodge Forbes Burnham from power by any means necessary.

That party also sought to justify its call for the release of the contract on the grounds that countries with worse off democratic records and strife have done so. “We believe this to be unwise for several reasons, including in particular the fact that such contracts are publicly available online for countries with 1) odious authoritarian reputations and 2) racked with severe domestic and external conflicts,” the WPA added.

Transparency Institute of Guyana Inc and the opposition People’s Progressive Party have called for the contract to be released. First oil is expected to be pumped from the Liza field offshore Guyana by 2020.

 

 

  • ExPPP_Man

    Look the oil and rest of Guyana belongs to the PNC and their supporters alone, no one else. Keep the contract confidential to PNC only.

    • Col123

      Hey ex KKK dude , tekking worries?…you know we gon grease we mattie hands with oil, while you folks work and provide food for us… it’s wine down time every day….soon come …na tek worries… no prablem maan!

      • ExPPP_Man

        only thing all you know is fuh thief ; you all fulling up Camp street.

        • Col123

          Hey boy we know how to shoot them AK 47s…neva mind they killed some a we brothas

          • ExPPP_Man

            Remember not only all yuh negroes got guns now. We got the $$$, all yuh will always remain choke and robbers

  • Gtloyal

    This party is so hugh that DW can’t even name the chairman.

  • rudeo

    ppp supporters are like the arabs….they dont drive cadillacs and eat caviar…..they can give all the oil to pnc….they have FOOD

  • Col123

    You are suggesting like they did to the parking meter contract!..