“We entertain the fear he’s trying to drive a wedge not only among the African organisations and the IDPAD- G committee but between IDPAD-G and the President whose intimidated his intention to dialogue with us.”
Those were the words of Chairman of the International Decade for People of African Descent Assembly – Guyana (ID-PADA-G) Vincent Alexander, during a press briefing held recently.
During a press conference last week, Vice President Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo highlighted that between the periods 2020-2022, the IDPADA-G received a total of $300M from the Government.
He said that of the $100M received in 2020, only $343,000 was handed out as cash grants to various groups. However, Alexander during a press conference on Monday said shuts down Jagdeo’s statement calling it ‘malicious’. He believes the Vice President is trying to put a wedge between the President and the African community and organisations. Alexander said the organisation does not only distribute cash grants but is involved in areas of education, capacity building, tuition assistance, night schools among others.
He also made it clear that no one personally benefits from the subventions given to the organisation. “Every cent of the IDPADA-G’s subvention or other revenue is spent in service to the African Guyanese community, indirectly as in the case of salaries or directly through programmes, projetcs, engagements, and financial assistance.”