Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo is absolutely repulsed by the way the government has handled the issue of implementing mechanisms for oil monitoring.
At a press conference which was held yesterday at his Church Street Office, the General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) bemoaned the fact that inspectors from the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) would receive an allowance of $20,000 monthly to overlook the process of oil metering. But what was more, or perhaps, equally unnerving for the official is the fact that the government has not been aggressive enough in getting the right technology in place to ensure real-time monitoring of the oil that would be extracted and sold.
The Opposition Leader insisted that this is critical to ensuring Guyana gets value for money.
Jagdeo said, “We have to use software, a method where all day long, we can see how much oil is being pumped. You would have a gauge that reads what is going on and the information is sent in real-time to a centre.” But even then, he insists that Guyana should still have well-paid officers present to ensure the technology is not interfered with.
The PPP General Secretary said, “We need the technology and this is something we are already looking at because that is critical. We need to get our fair share. But the government has done nothing and it is just so sickening.”