President David Granger on Wednesday brushed aside concerns raised by the National Trust over his decision to begin repainting State House without first consulting with the National Trust.
The National Trust of Guyana said last week that although there are no laws or regulations governing the repainting of the building, it had written the government on the issue.
Earlier today, President Granger said he has not seen such a letter and insisted that the National Trusts shouldn’t worry about his decision to repaint and repair State House. He said no laws are being broken.
The President explained that portions of the building were rotting with windows hanging and a decision was taken to repair those parts of the building.
Once that repair works are completed, the President said the area will be painted green but he gave no indication of any move to repaint that entire premises.
“I weep when I see the condition of heritage buildings around the country,” he added. President Granger told reporters that he remains interested in preserving heritage which has fuelled his move to repair the partly decomposing State House.
The State House is the official residence of the President and a national monument.
There are laws that govern the national monuments of Guyana under the National Trust Act. Those laws detail strict guidelines for changes to national monuments. But the Head of State insists that no law has been broken.
Chairman of the National Trust, Lennox Hernandes had explained that while there may be no regulations governing the color of the building, there are guidelines that should have been followed with the National Trust before moves were made to change the color.
He said that the National Trust has not been contacted about the change of color and noticed the changes being made this week.