PSC chairman in hot water over Berbice Bridge toll statement
A statement by the Private Sector Commission (PSC) on the Berbice Bridge appears to be in troubled waters after prominent accountant Chris Ram questioned the statement’s veracity. Ram’s letter appeared in two daily newspapers and set off a flurry of correspondence among the constituent members of the Private Sector Commission on how the statement was issued in the first place.
Capitol News understands that the President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) Clinton Urling expressed concern and dissatisfaction over the non-consultation before the statement was issued. The GCCI is one of the constituent members of the Private Sector Commission (PSC) and threatened through its president to distance itself from the statement if the PSC could not come up with a justifiable response.
The whole episode arose when the major opposition party the APNU indicated that it would like to see lower rates for the Bridge implemented. The Private Sector Commission berated the Party claiming that the Bridge was a Private entity. The PSC added that the Government directly or indirectly has no investment in, or liability relating to, the (Berbice River) bridge at this time. Chris Ram challenged that assertion and trotted out figures to support his claim that Government held significant shares in the Bridge.
The Chairman of the PSC Ron Webster, this newscast has learnt came up with the statement and issued it. A few members are now trying to defend it insisting that it would be political interference to lower the rates. Some have cautioned that the matter is sensitive and ought to be dealt with in a prudent manner. Webster is convinced that he is right and Ram is wrong. Ram is equally convinced he is right and Webster is wrong.