Gov’t recalls Nizam Hassan to head Rice Board once again

Guyana Daily News today learnt that the Government has initiated a process to reinstall former head of the Guyana Rice Development Board, Nizam Hassan, to his former post.
Hassan was sent packing and then hauled before the courts after the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU),  launched an investigation into irregular spending at the agency.
Hassan, and another senior manager of the agency were freed last week Friday of any wrong doing after  Chief Magistrate, Ann Mclennan,  throw out the case against them on the ground that witnesses for the prosecution lied under oath.
Numerous efforts to contact the lawyer for Hassan proved futile, but, sources close the Ministry of Agriculture, have indicated that without initiating the process, Hassan was approached by a senor public official who invited him to have talks about his reinstatement to his post.
Prior to heading GRDB, Hassan was General Manager of the New Guyana Marketing Cooperation, located on Robb and Alexander Street.
There are several other senior officers of the GRDB who continue to be the subject of the ongoing investigation and court proceedings. It was only yesterday also, that several officials of a city bank were hauled before the courts and charged for failing to comply with a court order to hand over documents to the Special Organised Crime Unit.
Guyana Daily News could not confirm if Hassan will accept the offer to return to his previous post or if he will be initiating legal proceedings against the state for damages caused as a result of the public embarrassment he faced as a result of his removal and hauling before the courts.


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