In response to President David Granger’s grading of his government’s performance since taking office, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jadgeo is out with his own report card on the government.
On the weekly television programme, “The Public Interest”, President Granger said he would reward his government with an A grade, because it has had to clean up a lot of the mess left behind by the PPP administration.
Today Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who led the PPP in government for 12 of its 23 years in office, said Granger’s government deserves nothing more than a Grade F.
Jagdeo told journalists at Freedom House that the government would have to be in “la la land”, to be thinking that its time in office is deserving of an exemplary performance grade.
“They are increasingly growing aloof and out of touch with reality and that has permeated the entire government all the way to the top, all the way to the Presidency and unless they are jolted out of this fantasy world in which they live then they are not going to seriously address any of the pressing issues this nation faces”
Mr. Jagdeo said despite all the areas that the government has underperformed in and displayed incompetence, he cannot believe that the President still believes the government is deserving of an A’ grade.
He said its its 21 months on office, the Coalition Government has been unable to secure the levels of investments that it spoke about on the campaign trail and it should receive a failing grade for that and a failing grade also for its inability to create new jobs.
He said it was the same APNU and AFC that had promised that lines of investors were waiting on them to get into government.
“Where are they? Have they evaporated? Have the disappeared? Were they ever there in the first place? But I can tell you why people don’t want to invest in Guyana, the reason they don’t want to invest in Guyana is because of the policies of the Government, they have scared anyway not only current investors but future investors”, he said.
Jagdeo, who introduced the Value Added Tax to the nation when he was President said while the APNU+AFC government has lowered the tax from 16% to 14%, the widening of the tax base has also added a burden on the people of Guyana. He said that could not be deserving of an A’ grade.
And although Guyana’s rating on the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index has already started to improve under the present Government, Mr. Jagdeo feels corruption of the most unbelievable kinds can be seen under the present government.
Jagdeo said on his report card, the government gets an overall failing grade.