President David Granger said that the achievements of the Coalition Government over the last three years in Office are significant and cannot be disputed especially in light of what the administration inherited after years of misrule.
These achievements range from increases in public servant wages and old age pensions to supressing piracy and most importantly, getting the age-old border controversy with Venezuela to the International Court of Justice for the first time since Independence.
Speaking to media operatives after an Accreditation ceremony at State House, the Head of State said that even in those areas where there has been progress, Government recognises that there is still much more that needs to be done as he pointed out that “sometimes commentators tend to underestimate the difficulties we face in terms of our finance, international relations and crime and security but I think that sober analysts would see that we have made tremendous progress.”
Notwithstanding the progress made thus far, the President said there are still challenges to overcome in the economy and in the area of crime and security including breaches in the prison system. Additionally, there are now new challenges on the horizon as the petroleum sector gets ready to take off. “We are now receiving the best advice on how the architecture of that new sector will be designed… These challenges are not of our making but we are working very hard to overcome them. We have sought the advice and the assistance of our partners overseas and we are very confident that in the fullness of time, we would be able to deliver to the Guyanese people that which we promised them and that is a better life, a safer life and a more prosperous country,” the President said.
However, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, wasted no time in rebuffing those claims by the President. Jagdeo made significant references to a list of 200 achievables publishd by the Department of Public Information.
The Opposition Leader noted that items on the list were projects started by the PPP. Some of the items are not achivements at all, Jagdeo noted.
In highlighting some of the achievements outlined in the document, the appointment of the Chairman of Gecom, adressto the situation of squatting, distribution of 300 home improvement subsidy, hosting of Nationals at the Leonora Track and Field facility, renaming of a building among others, the Opposition Leader noted.
25000 jobs have been lost since the coalition government took office, spiraling of the crime, among other as noted by Jagdeo.
Yesterday, May 16, marks the third anniversary of the APNU+AFC Coalition Administration in Office after winning the 2015 General and Regional Elections.