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Opposition Leader recommends measures to cushion rising cost of living; hefty salary increases will fuel inflation- Finance Minister

Opposition Leader Aubrey Norton on Friday recommended a “raft of measures” to ease the impact of high cost of living, on the final day of debate on the 2023 National Budget, but Finance Minister Ashni Singh cautioned against rapid wage and salary increases. They included vouchers for those in public transportation so that they can access lower gasoline prices, waiver ...

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Guyana’s House Speaker bans use of “corruption”, “incompetence”

The Speaker of Guyana’s National Assembly¬† Manzoor Nadir on Friday afternoon confirmed that the word “corruption” could no longer be used during debates in the 65-seat legislature. His confirmation came on enquiry from Opposition Leader Aubrey Norton after Shadow Finance Minister Volda Lawrence used “corruption” and was immediately asked to withdraw it. She obliged. But after Mr Norton asked whether ...

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Ramjattan yields to Benn’s request to disavow burning of schools

Leader of the opposition Alliance For Change (AFC) Khemraj Ramjattan on Thursday took up Home Affairs Minister Robeson Benn’s call on the floor of the National Assembly to deny any responsibility for the burning of schools in Guyana. “I disavow all violence and destruction of schools. You could write it for me and I will certainly deliver it,” Mr Ramjattan ...

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Amaila Falls hydropower “was not killed by the opposition”- Patterson

Ten years after A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change (AFC) first refused to unconditionally support the construction of the 165 megawatt Amaila Falls Hydroelectricity Power (AFHP) plant, that coalition said foreign consultants had advised the then People’s Progressive Party Civic administration against that that project. Opposition Shadow Public Works and Energy Minister David Patterson told ...

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Find balance between infrastructure and human development- Sarabo-Halley

The Guyana government was Tuesday advised to strike a balance between the development of infrastructure and Guyanese. Opposition A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) parliamentarian, Tabitha Sarabo-Halley asked what the Guyana government was doing to ensure that Guyanese, who need jobs, are in a position to be employed “before you actually bring persons from outside for those jobs.” ...

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Christ Church Secondary to be rebuilt; free university education promise won’t be broken- Manickchand

Less than one month after Christ Church Secondary School was destroyed by fire, Minister of Education Priya Manickchand on Tuesday announced that a new building would be constructed even as she accused the opposition of double-standards on free university education. “The Christ Church Secondary School that was just destroyed by fire…,” she said in listing a number of new secondary ...

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High-tech diagnostic system among 2023 plans-Health Minister

Health Minister Dr Frank Anthony on Tuesday announced that Guyana’s health care professionals would soon be able conduct diagnosis remotely. He also told the National Assembly that 1,000 nurses would be trained this year and 1,000 Guyanese would receive hearing aids free of cost on top of the 500 that were provided with those devices each of which costs GY$60,000 ...

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No parliamentary oversight of security sector- Ramjattan

Opposition A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) frontbencher Khemraj Ramjattan bemoaned the lack of parliamentary oversight of the security sector. “We have not had any meetings of that parliamentary oversight committee,” he told the National Assembly during debate on the 2023 National Budget. Mr Ramjattan charged that the lack of parliamentary oversight amounts to a violation of Guyana’s ...

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Make sea defence a priority- Walton-Desir; Indar says no need to “lecture us”

Opposition A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) parliamentarian Amanza Walton-Desir on Monday said she was concerned that government was not spending sufficient on strengthening Guyana’s sea defence, but Public Works Minister Deodat Indar said there was no foreign funding for such works in the 2023 National Budget. “It appears, as though Sir, if it is left up to ...

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Dissolving coop societies over idle lands will dispossess Afro-Guyanese- Walton-Desir

Opposition A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) parliamentarian Amanza Walton-Desir on Monday condemned government’s plan to dissolve cooperative societies that are not cultivating possession of thousands of acres of lands. “It is not passing strange that a pattern is developing g of dispossessing people, Mr Speaker, of a certain ethnicity who have land. It is known all throughout ...

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