Region four administration moves to Parliament to seek independence from Central Government – 25th Jun 2013
Region Four’s Regional Democratic Council is taking a motion to the National Assembly, which seeks to allow the Council to be become an autonomous body and to raise its own revenue. The motion is requesting that the National Assembly amend the Local Government organs power to take decisions.
Regional Chairman, Clement Corlette said over the years, the Government has provided less than adequate financial resources to the region. Hence rendering the region’s response to the needs of its citizens below expectations.
Corlette was speaking during an interview with this Newscast from his office at Triumph on the East Coast of Demerara.
According to Corlette the Council is totally dependent on the direction of the Minister of Finance and Local Government for allocation to finance its development plans.
He pointed to notes of a motion, which was moved by Vice Chairman, Genevieve Allen and second by Floyd Hendy. The motion details some of the problems facing the RDC, including inadequate financial disbursement by Central Government.
The region gets only approximately 26% of the money requested for the execution of developmental projects. The RDC said over the year the Ministry of Local Government & Regional Development appeared to have hijacked the authority of the Regional Democratic Council to determine how to allocate funds that are to be used.
Corlotte said region 4 accounts for over 42% of the national population and as such should be adequately provided for. He feels that region 4 deserves the right to make its own decisions that are binding upon its officers, institutions, and agencies and upon the citizens within its area.