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first_imgAmaila Falls hydro projectFormer Government Minister and current Opposition Member of Parliament (MP), Irfaan Ali, has lashed out at Government for its inconsistent policies, and has highlighted recent comments made by one senior Government Minister in relation to the Amaila Falls Hydro Power (AFHP) project.He said Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman’s recent affirmation that the project is actually a renewable energy option for Government is one prime example. Trotman’s statement is contrary to that made by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, who had said Government has shelved the idea.“This Government has demonstrated that it has no clear vision, understanding, or clarity on where it is going, and its developmental priorities for Guyana… I think pride and arrogance (have) cost the Guyanese people tremendously, as a result of the actions of this Government,” he stated.Ali told Guyana Times on Sunday it is also clear that the only accomplishments that Government could point to are initiatives or undertakings that commenced under the Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) Government; another case in point being the Specialty Hospital which was also shot down by the coalition.According to him, had the Government, while in Opposition, supported the AFHP project, it would have already been on stream, and Guyanese from all walks of life would have been direct beneficiaries today.“By today, the people in this country, our brothers and sisters, would have been benefiting from the most improved and cheaper energy costs. As a result of pride and the heavy-handedness of this Government, when they were in Opposition, the people were denied this opportunity,” he asserted.The Opposition MP said also that the Government was given the opportunity, while in Opposition, to support the independent stakeholders who had come to assess the feasibility of the project. However, it did not seize those opportunities, but is now claiming that monies will have to be expended on carrying out another assessment.“Why is it (that) we have to expend more resources and more study on a project that is already deemed good and supported by every single independent group that came to assess the feasibility and viability of this project? By today, we should not be worrying about whether we should continue with the hydro,” he said.Ali said Government should have moved ahead with the idea, but again reminded that Government was reluctant to do so because of pride, mainly because it was a brainchild of former President Bharrat Jagdeo.He maintained that the AFHP project is the most important aspect of Guyana’s transformational development goal, mainly because the greatest hindrance for all Guyanese is the cost of energy.“Even the Inter-American Development Bank spoke about the inhibiting factor for Guyanese development is the cost of energy. Today, not only would we have had 100 percent renewable energy, but we would have had an electricity rate that would have come down by almost 50 percent,” he noted.In addition to that, local rates would have been far more competitive, so much so that it would have created expansion in the manufacturing sector, which would have ultimately lent to new opportunities for growth and development, and job creation throughout the country.The MP said the same could be said for many other projects. These include the Marriott Hotel, the Cheddi Jagan International Airport Expansion, and the Specialty Hospital.“Skepticism and a lot of mischief was created around these transformational projects that were critical in recreating a new developmental and economic growth landscape for our country,” he opined.Reference was also made to the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) Inc seeking US$110 million to assist with an overhaul of its system. Ali reminded that this sum is not catering for any expansion, but just to maintain the current supply network or bring some improvements to it. His contention is that that investment could have been put towards the AFHP project instead.The Opposition PPPC has long called for reintroduction of the Amaila Falls Hydro Project for a number of important reasons. Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo said not only does the scrapping of the project threaten the forest pact agreement with the Kingdom of Norway, which could cause the country to lose out on another US$3 billion in savings, but it could assist Guyana to combat climate change.The project, which formed part of Guyana’s Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS), was the brainchild of Jagdeo, and was commissioned in 2009. And having taken up office in 2015, the current Government has repeatedly stated its disapproval of resurrecting the project. (Samuel Sukhnandan)last_img read more

first_imgCOMMUNITY ALERT: Gardaí are hunting a three-man gang of local criminals who terrorised a 75-year-old Donegal woman in her home at the weekend.The victim was attacked at her home in the townland of Ranny, a remote area outside Kerrykeel. She was assaulted during the incident and her phone line ripped out to prevent her using her panic alarm.Garda Inspector Michael Harrison told Donegal Daily that he believed the gang were local to the area. One of the three men, he said, was particularly aggressive.“This gang needed a car to get to this house because it is quite rural and the three men had local accents,” said the Inspector.“We’ve already had three calls from members of the public and they have been very very helpful.“But we need more information. I need to know if anyone saw a car in that area between 9pm and 11pm on Saturday night. “These people broke into the victim’s home around 9.50pm. They demanded money and when the lady said she didn’t have any, they ransacked the house, with one of the three was particularly aggressive.“I would appeal to anyone with information to contact us straight away.”The gang was made off without taking anything but the woman was left terrorised. One of the men wore a cream coloured top pulled over his face. The other two men had scarves and jumpers covering their face.How you can help:Anyone with information or who can assist with the investigation is asked to contact Milford Garda Station on 074-9153060, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station. COMMUNITY ALERT: LOCAL THIEVES TERRORISE PENSIONER IN HER HOME was last modified: December 24th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:KERRYKEELkerrykellPENSIONERrobberylast_img read more