President urges REOs to be timely, transparent in their duties
Georgetown, GINA, February 2, 2012
Source - GINA
President Donald Ramotar meeting Regional Executive Officers at the Office of the President. Head of the Presidential Secretariat Dr. Roger Luncheon, Minister of Local Government Ganga Persaud and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Collin Croal are also in photo.
Appointed Regional Executive Officers from the 10 administrative regions of Guyana were reminded of their obligation to perform their duties in a transparent, effectively and timely manner during a meeting with President Donald Ramotar today.
The charge came after the President congratulated the officials on their appointments in the presence of Head of the Presidential Secretariat Dr. Roger Luncheon, Minister of Local Government and Regional Development Ganga Persaud and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Collin Croal.
REOs often serve as the intermediaries between the community and the government and in this regard the President implored that they develop a people-centred approach, with an ear for the concerns of the residents and providing updates on the work of the administration.
Conflict resolution was part of the President’s charge acknowledging that this is an inevitable factor at the community level.
With infrastructural projects being a regular feature of Government’s developmental programmes, the President told the REOs to police such activities and ensure that contractual agreements between the regional administration and contractors have the necessary safeguard mechanisms and punitive measures in accordance with the contract in the event that a contractor is found culpable.
As he did in his new year’s message to the nation, the President stressed value for money in the delivery of services and an end to corruption.
The President had also promised quality in the social services, improvement in the physical infrastructure, and higher standards of living for every Guyanese.