Rohee dodges questions about PPP’s closure of sugar estates while in government

Rohee dodges questions about PPP’s closure of sugar estates while in government

Mr. Rohee accused reporters of seeking to make a comparative analysis of two different situations under two different circumstances but offered no clarification.

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Rohee dodges questions about PPP’s closure of sugar estates while in government

While it continues to criticize the government over its decision to close the Wales sugar estate by this year end, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party, continues to dodge questions about its own past decision to close two other sugar estates while it was in government.

At a press conference on Monday, PPP General Secretary Clement Rohee dodged questions on the PPP’s closure of the two estates at Diamond and La Bonne Intention.

Mr. Rohee accused reporters of seeking to make a comparative analysis of two different situations under two different circumstances but offered no clarification.

The PPP Leader said media operatives must do their independent research and publish their findings.

There are media reports detailing the street protests and strike actions which followed the PPP’s announcement to close those estates in early 2000. However, his criticism of the government’s move to close the Wales estate was extensive.

Rohee said the party salutes sugar workers who took to streets to vent their anger following the announcement of the Wales estate closure.

When asked why the factory was left to reach a state of ruin during the PPP’s 23 years in office, Rohee said the line of questioning was thread worn and again refused to offer any clarifications.

Last week, the government responded to the objections of the PPP and insisted that the decision to close the estate is sound and is in the best interest of Guyana.

The Agriculture Ministry said it would cost taxpayers an average of $2 Billion to keep the estate open and operational.

State Minister Joseph Harmon told reporters that the Wales Estate is an “economic nightmare” and closure is the best option.

Wales estate is projected to make a loss of G$1.6 -$1.9 Billion in 2016. This coupled with the extent of refurbishment needed, rendered the estate prohibitively costly to maintain, according to the government. The government has indicated no intention to reverse its decision on the Wales Estate.

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Hopefully Granger holds strong and close all the estates before the end of his term. It has to be done since the afc/apnu has no clue on how to solve the issue and bring the industry to productivity. All those brain boxes in the afc/apnu during elections time boasting what they will do, and now we see them mopping up after the PPP with no real plan to move the nation forward. 

Drugb posted:

Hopefully Granger holds strong and close all the estates before the end of his term. It has to be done since the afc/apnu has no clue on how to solve the issue and bring the industry to productivity. All those brain boxes in the afc/apnu during elections time boasting what they will do, and now we see them mopping up after the PPP with no real plan to move the nation forward. 

You are actually being quite severe.  While it has been established that Jagdeo destroyed Guysuco, and its most probable that APNU/AFC will do no better, I don't know that we need to jump to close it down.

Guysuco has to be reduced in scope to the point where it begins to become more viable. At that point buyer(s) can be found.  If at that point there are no buyers then Guysuco can be closed, but I feel confident that DDL will buy a portion, as they need to guarantee access to molasses.

Jamaica, with the same problem, sold off its estates to various buyers, some to the Chinese, and others to the European company, which also bought its major rum brand.  Only 2 remain gov't owned, and they are forced to be self supporting.

In the interim Granger needs to do what he seems unable to do and that it is to have OPEN conversations with the stakeholders, including the PPP.  This will be to determine the transition for workers, and regions where estates will have to be closed.

This of course will be contingent on Jagdeo ceasing his nation wide rant of "blackman a kill ahbe".   He must be forced to discuss the fact that he sold Bermine and Guymine for precisely the same reason why Guysuco will be sold.

What Granger must do is to be more respectful to the sugar workers, even though they are mainly PPP supporters, even though Jagdeo was quite cruel to the mainly PNC supporting bauxite workers.

 

 

Mitwah posted:
Drugb posted:

Hopefully Granger holds strong and close all the estates before the end of his term. 

Were you really serious?

He reflects what Jagdeo intended to do but is too dishonest to admit. Had the PPP won the election Demerara estates would have been shut down.  In fact since he ranted about Skeldon being the salvation of Guyana that was his plan.

Now seeing a chance to foment mischief he pretends otherwise. 

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