Re-employing George Jervis, after found to be involved in corrupt PRACTICES, as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, and sent home on Administrative leave, is HUGE SLAP in the face of ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGNERS.
The President of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana and his government cannot CONDONE any FORM of corruption or CORRUPT PRACTICES.
George Jervis should not be allowed to take up any form of employment, until and after he has been cleared of the issues that are under investigation. It is sending the WRONG MESSAGE to citizens that CORRUPTION can continue, with impunity.
Hassan, the embattled former General Manager of the Guyana Rice Development Board, was UNILATERALLY appointed to the post, without any consultation with the Rice Board members, a CLEAR VIOLATION of the Laws of Guyana.
As one of a sitting Board Members, I was the only one that raised objection to Hassan’s incompetence and misconduct. The Millers on the Board were silent – since they were and continue to be DEAL-MAKERS. It was the AFC MINISTER of Agriculture, in the FULL knowledge of the AFC CABINET members that removed me from the rice Board, GRDB.
One of the most highly publicised cases, so far – is the raiding of BILLION of dollars from the rice industry. Recently, 6 persons, including the niece of Mr. Bharrat Jagdeo, who drove a brand new car bought from funds from Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB), with the full knowledge of the former Minister of Agriculture, Leslie Ramsammy and GEORGE JERVIS, the former Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture.
Jarvis was the man that the PPP used to send out Billions of dollars to rice millers to pay rice farmers days before the 2015 elections, hoping that they would have voted overwhelming for the PPP. Sources close to Mr. Jervis say that he is planning a comeback, but that will not sit well with rice farmers and the farming community.
A storm will rise, if he does return. In fact, he should be thoroughly investigated and the necessary due process of the law should take its toll against him and others.
Dharamkumar Seeraj, the PPP frontman for Agriculture, has not repaid the $100 Million that he borrowed from the Rice Board, since 2014, which should have been repaid in December of that year.
The Promissory note, signed by Seeraj, former Agri. Minister Ramsammy and the infamous Jagnarine Singh, a former General Manager for the GRDB, where all the alleged crimes were committed against rice farmers and the Rice Industry.
M. JINNAH RAHMAN – JOURNALIST AND COMMUNITY A\CTIVIST