Finance Minister Winston Jordan was still presenting his National Budget when the Opposition People’s Progressive Party dismissed it as uninspiring although the party continues to stay away from the National Assembly.
In a brief statement this afternoon from the PPP Headquarters, Former President and soon to be Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo said “the Minister of Finance was lengthy in generality and lofty goals in his budget speech, but failed miserably to be specific in policy prescriptions and initiatives to address the pressing issues facing various constituencies in Guyana.”
According to the former President, the Finance Minister “shamelessly presented many of the PPP/C Administration’s projects and programmes in health, education, housing and water, roads, draining and irrigation, enhancing accountability and the environmental services sector among others as new initiatives. It is seriously underwhelming.”
But while Jagdeo complained about the budget showcasing plans of the former PPP Civic administration, it was the PPP Civic that submitted a number of those plans to the Finance Minister for his consideration as part of the Budget 2015.
The PPP has promised the former President will offer more details on his take of the budget at a later press conference.
The PPP was booted out of office in May following the regional and general elections. The party had been in power for close to 23 years.