I READ with shock and disdain recent comments from Mr Nicholas Boyer, President of the city Chamber of Commerce, regarding land allocation in Guyana by the current government.

Mr Boyer and his colleagues at the Chamber appeared to be very upset that Unicon, a Guyanese-led company with previous stints in the agriculture sector right here in Guyana was able to get a lease for 700 acres at Wales. Implied in his comments to reporters also, were some very false facts pertaining to a Mr Kirk Hollingsworth’s alleged award of several thousand acres in the Ruimveldt district, and areas south and east of Ruimveldt. As we all know, that story or allocation proved to be a massive falsehood, but it was the speed with which the Chamber was wont to call for transparency and fair play in land allocation that obviously caught my attention.

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To me, Mr Editor, Mr Boyer and his associates at that august body should be the last to speak about transparency in land allocation. Members of the Chamber and its sister organisations making up the Private Sector Commission were mum and had obviously gagged themselves into quietude when the Jagdeo and Ramotar administrations had dished out large acreages of prime seaside lands to people like former PSC President Eddy Boyer for peppercorn rates.

Ironically, in this instance, the person to complain about Unicon and Hollingsworth was none other than Mr Boyer Jnr, son of Eddy. He said he was speaking for Chamber members. Neither the Chamber nor the PSC said anything when Jagdeo dished out large plots of land to close associates like Mr Boyer. In my research on the topic, I came across a Kaieteur News piece dated January 27, 2016. In that article, top officials at GuySuCo complained bitterly that the Corporation, in one instance, lost out on a whopping US$20M deal to sell off lands because top officials back then had intervened, blocked the sale of the land, and awarded them to close associates.

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GuySuCo said that it could have been in a much better financial position, had it been allowed to freely dispose of its lands by public tender, but this was not to be, as the bigger boys in power back then moved it. The rest is history, and Guyanese should remind the Chamber and its friends in no uncertain manner that the only people who had complained about land sales back then were the media and the Opposition; not the Chamber or the PSC. What a tangled web these folks weave today.



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