The body that was established to ensure a fair and transparent execution of government’s recovery and development plan has been operating without regulations.
While answering questions in the House of Assembly on Thursday, Premier Dr D Orlando Smith revealed that the regulations required to govern the Recovery and Development Agency (RDA) are ‘incomplete’.
The Premier further said the RDA will not be halted, though it is operating without rules.
“This (lack of regulations) doesn’t mean that work will not continue in association with the government,” the Premier said.
“The RDA will continue to make recommendations as to the implementation as we go forward. It doesn’t mean that they are doing anything that we don’t want them to do.”
But his assurances seemingly did not sit well with Opposition legislators Andrew Fahie and Julian Fraser who expressed concerned that the RDA is operating contrary to its mandate of transparency, accountability.
“If there are no regulations to guide the RDA what are they doing why are they meeting … how are they functioning without these regulations or why are they functioning without these regulations? Fahie questioned.
His estranged political counterpart Fraser, in the meantime, described the Premier’s explanation as a “joke” that is unacceptable to residents.
The RDA board comprises chairman Dr Robert Mathavious, Pastor Gregory George who was selected by the Premier, Maria Mays who selected by the governor, Sharie DeCastro who was selected by the Opposition leader, David Hancock select by the UK, Monica La Bennett who was selected by the Caribbean Development Bank, Clarence Faulkner (civil society representative), and Clyde Lettsome (private sector representative).
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