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Opposition’s motion for Special Select Committee defeated

Opposition Parliamentarian Annette Ferguson

A motion by the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Opposition, which called for creating a Special Select Committee to review, among other things, the charges for house lots for Guyanese, was defeated in the National Assembly on Friday.

Opposition Parliamentarian Annette Ferguson presented the motion. Ferguson argued that such a committee would help stakeholders understand the challenges in the housing sector and lead to potential solutions.

“We need better quality assurance so that when the government is building houses, our people must have a strong and quality house to live in because it is not easy. Sir, to take out a loan and have to repair a home.”

However, the government slapped down the motion, noting that it was “questionable.”

In fact, in rejecting the motion, the Senior Minister in the Office of the President with responsibility for Finance and Public Service, Dr. Ashni Singh, noted that there is not a resolved cause “that has anything to do with the reviewing of charges for house lots.”

“Sir, be it resolve clauses, instead of addressing what the motion purports to address in its title, calls on the National Assembly to approve a Special Select Committee to examine this matter, to engage with civil society, financiers, and other stakeholders to submit proposals and recommendations […] And that the special select committee should submit its work to this House,” Minister Singh stated.


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