Addressing members of the House of Assembly last Thursday, Christian said he has received reports that the RDA is undermining the authority of local legislators.
“The RDA cannot be a government onto itself … It cannot be out there telling people things that give them the impression that elected members have no say in what goes on. That is not what this arrangement was supposed to be all about,” Christian said while addressing the House of Assembly last Thursday.
“Yes, I agree with transparency 100 percent … but elected members have to be involved,”
‘Disturbing’ amount of employment opportunities
Christian also said he was ‘disturbed’ by the fact that a large volume of persons are now being employed by the agency.
At least 18 RDA job opportunities are currently being advertised and those positions include accountant, economist, statistician, procurement officer, head of finance, director of operations, project manager, and a number of other posts.
“Who is paying attention to that? What is that going to cost the taxpayers of this country?” Christian questioned.
And while recalling the House of Assembly sitting in March when legislators passed the Bill that led to the implementation of the RDA, Christian said: “Let the record show, if I could have taken my vote back today, I would have voted ‘no’ because the things that I’m hearing happening now in this country with the RDA makes me very, very concerned.”
Of the 13 legislators in the House, Opposition member Julian Fraser and government backbencher Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull are the only two legislators that voted against the RDA.
Christian’s ‘regrets’ follows news from Premier Dr D Orlando Smith that the RDA has been operating without regulations since its inception.
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