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Accountability

BREAKING: Fire at prison service building in Kingston, nearby school children evacuated

A mid-morning fire on Friday destroyed the Guyana Prison Service quarters on Parade Street, Kingston. The building once housed the Kingston Nursery School. Students attending classes at Chase’s Academy and a nursery school were evacuated as thick smoke filled the air. There were no immediate reports of any casualties. Parents and teachers, assisted by several policemen and women, assisted in ...

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APNU+AFC wants constitutional protection of ‘oil money’ for future generations

A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) parliamentarian, Volda Lawrence on Friday  recommended that there be a constitutionally entrenched amount of Guyana’s oil revenues that must be saved for future generations in the Natural Resources Fund (NRF). “This House must now consider a minimum percentage value in the NRF that must remain as inter-generational savings and this must be ...

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CARICOM leaders support World Court for settling Guyana-Venezuela border controversy; call for Ali-Maduro talks

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders on Friday, backing Guyana’s position to resolve the border controversy with Venezuela through the International Court of Justice (ICJ), called for talks between Guyana’s President Irfaan Ali and the President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro. “CARICOM calls for a de-escalation of the conflict and for appropriate dialogue between the leaders of Venezuela and Guyana to ensure peaceful ...

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UG investigating alleged “inappropriate” remarks by part-time lecturer

The University of Guyana (UG) on Friday said it was “appalled” at alleged utterances by a part-time lecturer and has asked its Law Department to conduct a probe. “The evidence and the circumstances surrounding the conversation are now being investigated by the Department of Law, Faculty of Social Sciences. This type of behaviour is unacceptable and is against the University’s ...

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Mahipaul, Mustapha in fiery exchange over contract cancellation for Black Bush Polder pump

Opposition Shadow Local Government Minister, Ganesh Mahipaul and Minister of Agriculture Zulfikar Mustapha on Wednesday were at loggerheads 0ver the claims by that APNU+AFC parliamentarian that the termination of a contract to build an irrigation pump at Black Bush Polder would result in a loss of more than GY$38 million. But Mr Mustapha countered saying that his ministry’s National Drainage ...

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GRA rules out adjusting ExxonMobil’s audited US$214 million

The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) on Wednesday definitively ruled out any possibility of the US$214 million in disputed audited costs for expenses incurred from 1999 to 2017 being changed, leaving the door open now for the company to move to arbitration.  “The Authority wishes to categorically re-iterate that it stands by its advice to the Ministry of Natural Resources and ...

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ExxonMobil says MP Patterson’s claim of reduced audited costs “not accurate”- Jagdeo

Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday said ExxonMobil denied claims by opposition parliamentarian David Patterson that government had decided to reduce the audited costs from US$214 million to US$3 million. Government reiterated that, through the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), it was challenging the US$214 million in costs that Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL) as part of the US$1.67 ...

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Opposition demands say in National Procurement and Tender Administration

A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU) parliamentarian, Ganesh Mahipaul on Sunday demanded that the opposition have a say in the processing and award of multimillion dollar contracts by the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB). “We need to amend the Procurement Act of 2003 and revisit the composition of the evaluation committee and tender board. The body ...

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Police Force in multimillion dollar breach of Procurement Act, says Public Accounts Committee

The bipartisan parliamentary Public Accounts Committee on Monday said the Guyana Police Force breached the Procurement Act by paying all of the GY$123.344 million to the same supplier for four contracts within one month of the award although none of the items had been delivered. “That was a breach of the Procurement Act. You can’t pay upfront all of the ...

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OPINION: What will the PPP Gov’t do with access to information networks?

by GHK Lall I note with interest the development where Guyana has joined regional information sharing networks to facilitate going after financial criminals (Demerara Waves, December 11, 2022). On the face of it, this is good for Guyana, with many possible pluses. On the other hand, for those familiar with the real Guyana, the one below the surface glitter, this ...

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