The Government will be spending another $71 million this year to purchase new vehicles for the Presidential fleet and Presidential Guard Service.
It is the third time in under two years that millions will be spent on new vehicles for the Presidential fleet.
Minister of Governance, Gail Teixeira told the Parliamentary Committee of Supply on Monday that eight new vehicles will be added to the Presidential fleet this year.
She was questioned about the need for new vehicles at this time when $67.6 million was spent on vehicles for the Presidential fleet last year, and $95 million was also spent on new vehicles in 2020.
Minister Teixeira said some of the new vehicles being bought will support the Presidential Guard Service.
“There are eight vehicles. One SUV for Presidential guard, two other vehicles for the Presidential guard, one mobile pickup for Presidential guard, and three vehicles for the office of the President,” the Minister explained.
She said the new vehicles which will be added to the President’s fleet will improve the image of the Office of the President.
“Again Mr. Chairman, in terms of ensuring the visits of the VVIPs, investors, high-profile meetings, and work that is going on and in terms of raising Guyana’s international and regional profile with visitors here that we want to make sure that our fleet of vehicles is up to standard and we are able to not embarrass our country with any old and dilapidated vehicles,” Teixeira said.
In addition, it was announced that $120 million will be spent on the Office of the President and State House for the upgrade of the electrical system and provisions for the building.
Money has also been budgeted for repairs to Castellani House, which falls under the Office of the President.
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