Former President still overlooking Government projects.
He may no longer be the head of state, but that’s not stopping former President Bharrat Jagdeo from dealing personally with many of the affairs. Since leaving office following the November elections, the former President has been keeping a relatively low key public profile but he has been busy behind the scenes dealing with a number of government programmes and even chairing meetings with government agencies about those recent budget cuts.
Government sources have told Capitol News that Mr. Jagdeo has been meeting regularly with the persons in charge of the government’s one laptop per family project and in fact he is seen and treated as the head of that project. Just recently he called and chaired a meeting with all of the key players involved in that project including President Ramotar’s son Alexie Ramotar and Information Liaison to the President Kwame McCoy. The two supervise the project in its current stage. At that particular meeting the former President raised concern over the hiring of a number of persons pointing out to the young Ramotar and Mccoy that he was not made aware of that and it should not have taken place.
He is usually present at most of the key government meetings involving that one laptop per family project, a source said.
But it’s not the only meeting the former President has been presiding over although he has no known official role or position in the current government. Just after the budget cuts a meeting was called with various heads of some government agencies and many of the attendees to the meeting were left surprised when the former President turned up to go through just how some of them might be affected by the cuts and what plans they have in place to deal with its impact.
There are also reports that the former president sat in on meeting of a sub-committee at the office of the president which overlooks infrastructure development and at the meeting of contractors, a number of them were reigned in about the quality of work they had done and the length of time some of the work was taking to be completed.
Jagdeo who served as President from 1999 to 2011 had indicated upon leaving office that although he would not take up an appointment in the cabinet he would be willing to serve in an advisory role from time to time on various issues. He has been attending a number of international meetings on climate change since leaving office. All of those trips have been funded by the Government of Guyana.