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CJIAC was not ordered to hand over hangar to Tiwarie

Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, has denied reports that officials from the Ministry of the Presidency “ordered the Cheddi Jagan International Airport Corporation (CJIAC) to transfer the GA2000 hangar to BK International” as was reported by an online news outlet, earlier today (April, 14).

A media release from the Ministry of the Presidency described the report as ‘wicked and malicious’ and designed to ‘feed the frenzy about his (Harmon’s) connection to Brian Tiwarie’. Further it stated that the CJIAC and its Board comes under the direct authority of the Ministry of Public Infrastructure.

“The Minister responded to the unsubstantiated accusation in and invited comment and his position was supported by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CJIAC, Mr. Ramesh Ghir, who told the Ministry of the Presidency that BK International Incorporated had, during the life of the previous Board of Directors, submitted a proposal for rental of the GA2000 hangar,” the release added.

It was also stated that though the Board had favourably considered the proposal, during a meeting, no decision was communicated to Tiwarie or his company. “According to Board papers, which the Ministry of the Presidency has seen, in September 2014, the Board of Directors of CJIAC approved the Rental of the GA 2000 Hanger for a period of six months to BK International Incorporated.  However, the contract for this approval was never executed. Therefore, there is no agreement for BK International Incorporated to rent the GA 2000 Hanger.”

The release further quoted Ghir as saying following the change in Government and the appointment of a new Board of Directors, the proposal was once again considered but it has been since deferred.

“The new Board of Directors would have looked at the proposal… it was placed on hold because we have the expansion of that airport taking place and we realised that some of the operators had to be relocated… we would have had to find a temporary location for them to operate and the hangar is one of the considerations so that as we speak is actively being pursued,” Ghir said.

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