State Minister Joseph Harmon on Friday lamented his frustration with the “griping” which emanated from the opposition benches in the National Assembly during the last week of budget debates.
Speaking as one of the last four Members on the budget, Harmon told the People’s Progressive Party members that they should not only gripe but come to the table and offer solid recommendations to the government.
“Don’t just gripe, come to the table and let’s talk. Where are the recommendations?” he asked.
Mr. Harmon said the opposition has been spending a lot of its time pandering to certain sections of society instead of holding discussions with the government.
Pointing to the closure of the Wales Estate, Harmon said the government is anxiously waiting for Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo to make good on his promise and meet the government on the issue.
“While some gripe, we have a nation to build and in a global environment where there are serious competition for investment funds for development we have to be clear about the message we send to the world,” he added.
The Minister said after 23 years in government, the PPP had become a tired administration with tired ideas and a blurred vision.
“People have observed this and they decided to give the PPP a long rest. This is why the fresh approach which the budget offers was necessary,” he added.
He praised the theme of the budget as being pragmatic and realistic.
“The measures in this budget will stimulate growth and restore confidence in people who Guyana is the place to live, work and earn,” he added. He wrapped up his presentation by outlining government’s interest in bolstering a public sector that is professional and politically impartial.