Patterson’s promises did not end well the 1st time

first_imgDear Editor,I write to offer a warm welcome back to my parliamentary colleague, Mr David Patterson; the Public Infrastructure man seems to have been hibernating in a back room, Patterson has returned to the pages of our nation’s newspapers in his inimitable splashy style. Mr Patterson announced a 188-megawatt natural gas plant would be built by the Government, no cost or feasibility study was referenced, it would seem with no parliamentary oversight in place, anything can be said or promised during the election season. Patterson was accompanied by Larry London (of D’Urban Park fame) when he turned the sod for the construction of a new Civil Aviation Authority headquarters, despite no source of financing yet identified for this impressive-sounding building. The Patterson style!While Mr Patterson is in ‘announcement’ mode, the people of Guyana would have been pleased if he could have explained how US$9000 from the Chinese Consortium appeared in his personal bank account and if he could have produced evidence of transfer of the said US$9000 to MARAD. The people await announcements that the Auditor General has found the $600 million missing from the D’Urban Park Project; A completion date for the CJIA extension project; an explanation of how the CJIA cost the taxpayers, millions of US dollars more for a smaller airport than originally paid for by way of ‘fixed price’ contract; he would have come clean on how the Harbour Bridge feasibility study has cost 10s of millions more than approved by Cabinet and which has now been referred by the Public Procurement Commission to the Auditor General for forensic investigation.Patterson has taken every other opportunity for ‘announcements’, a ‘Skype call’ from a Virgin-Atlantic Airlines executive was parlayed into ‘Virgin coming’. Mr Patterson fears no embarrassment, taking to social media to claim credit for the expected increase in rice production; the fact is the rice farmers have demonstrated great resilience and tenacity resulting in an upswing in production despite adverse budget measures of the APNU/AFC that include application of 14 per cent VAT on machinery, sending up cost of acquisition; increase of land and water charges; the lack of assistance with drainage and irrigation; the removal of fertilizer subsidies and the virtual neglect of farm to market access roads.The mango season is upon us and we can expect more glib statements and empty promises from Mr Patterson and his colleagues. The people of Guyana have seen this play before; Mr Patterson’s promises did not end well the first time, maybe he should have done a feasibility study before returning to the limelight.Yours truly,Bishop Juan A Edghilllast_img read more


West Point Annual My Pekin Tournament Saturday

first_imgFlashback: Doc Lawson (with cap in the back) with a young teamThe best kids’ soccer jamboreeWhat organizers and sponsors are describing as the best kids’ soccer jamboree ever to take place in West Point Township will come to pass at a one-day tournament on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019.According to Mr. Josiah Toe, coordinator of the program, the tournament will involve twelve boys’ teams. He said six teams will comprise boys from ages 6-7 and the second six will also comprise of boys from ages 8-9.“Though it will be an all boys affair,” he said. “We will include some girls to play alongside the boys.”He said the tournament has five sponsors, including DonamiSports, YMCA, Vision Collaborators, Confidence Church, and The Last Well.“The theme of the tournament is ‘Da Our Time Now’,” Mr. Toe said in a telephone conversation yesterday.In telephone conversation on Tuesday, Jan. 29 with DonamiSports’ chief executive officer and president, Mr. Doc Lawson, he said the idea to host a big tournament for kids is because in most cases whenever there is a tournament, it is restricted to children under 15 and the little ones are left out.Hence he thought it wise that a major tournament of that could be organized for the kids to have fun with each other. “They will have a sense of what competition is all about, because at the end of the day every player will receive a medal,” he said.According to Doc Lawson, national team coach Thomas Kojo, along with the Liberia Football Association technical director Henry Brown, will be in attendance at the tournament in West Point.“Nobody pays attention to these kids, and at times they are forgotten and therefore we thought it would be a great thing to do to provide a form of entertainment for them to play sports,” he said.DnamiSports is an organization that organizes and sponsors grassroots football in slum communities in the country. It is the organizer of the Cities Challenge Cup for Under 12 and Under 14, and is played for the winners to travel to the next community out of Monrovia in order to engage their counterparts and continue the tournament.The organization has brought thousands of jerseys, boots, and T-shirts, including medals and trophies to organize its games in Liberia.On the forthcoming West Point Annual My Pekin Tournament, Doc Lawson and his group have brought up a new initiative that could be duplicated in different communities in the future.But for now, according to Mr. Toe, the first edition will be held in West Point and there will be a parade from 9am-10am to the venue of the tournament.“There will be a small indoor program before the beginning of the games,” Toe said. With football being a major pastime, Saturday, February 2, tournament is another way that those who are passionate about kids can explore or make available some of their resources to make one of the most vulnerable groups, kids, happy for at least twenty four hours.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more