The Ministry of Natural Resources has announced that it has terminated the services of Rickford Vieira as the Commissioner of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission.
The move is following up on the advice of the Board of the GGMC. Mr. Vieira had been sent on administrative leave until the Natural Resources Minister would have deliberated on the Board’s recommendation.
A review of the GGMC had found several irregularities linked to its work in the mining sector.
In a statement on Friday, the Natural Resources Ministry said that”after careful consideration and advice, the Ministry of Natural Resources has decided to act on the recommendation of the Board of the Guyana Geology & Mines Commission (GGMC) and terminate the services of Rickford Vieira as Commissioner of the Commission.”
The Ministry believes that “this is the best approach at this time with a new Board of Directors of the Commission soon to be inducted. The new Board members have the confidence of the Ministry to charter a new course for the Commission which for years has been dogged by corruption allegations and a beleaguered public image.”
The statement added that in the interim Mr. Newell Dennison will continue to act as Commissioner of the Commission.