Guyanese people are not incapable of logical thought


first_imgDear Editor,In a letter to the Editor on May 15, 2017, I expressed serious concerns following (then) Minister of Natural Resources Honourable Raphael Trotman’s statement on the Production Sharing Agreement with ExxonMobil whereby it was noted that “ExxonMobil is allowed to recover expenditure as part of the contract, this is easily understood. What is not clear is exactly what expenditure, is it the expenditure to the point of discovery? Do we have a figure of how much it cost ExxonMobil to discover the Liza field well and is that the amount to be recovered by ExxonMobil or is it that we will have to repay all of ExxonMobil’s subsequent costs as they continue to explore?”That was over two years ago, answers were never provided, for no doubt they were dismissed as ‘non-expert’. Sadly, the Government is now asking the International Monetary Fund the same questions. The concluding statement of the 2019 International Monetary Fund (IMF) Article IV Mission to Guyana states: “authorities have indicated their concerns that the absence of a ring-fencing arrangement in the Stabroek Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) could potentially affect the projected flow of Government oil revenues”.The harsh truth is that this omission from the PSA could not be made if the persons negotiating on the behalf of the Guyanese people applied logic, common sense, if you will, and genuine concern for the future wellbeing that oil revenues could provide. The adviser on petroleum to the President, Jan Mangal, now claims to have been absent from negotiations. No special knowledge of ‘oil and gas’ was required; just honest care, we may never know if the negotiations were so poorly done due to negligence, corruption, deficient logic or basic stupidity; what I do know, is that no Administration that cares so little for the future wellbeing of its people, should ever be elected again. The Guyanese people are not incapable of logical thought and we know the clichéd “fool me once” applies in spades.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Shut it Scholes! Wenger hits out at ex-Man United star


first_img Mesut Ozil Arsene Wenger has hit back at Paul Scholes after the former Manchester United midfielder accused Mesut Ozil of ‘going through the motions’ at Arsenal.Scholes has suggested the club’s record signing lacks the motivation to win a league title, but the Gunners’ manager claims the ex-England midfielder would have loved the chance to play alongside the German superstar.Wenger is adamant Ozil has been a major success for the north London club since joining them from Real Madrid and will prove his critics wrong.Wenger said: “A player like Paul Scholes would have loved to play with Mesut Ozil.“I believe it’s a wrong statement about Ozil. He works very hard and he’s a great player.“I believe he has the quality, he puts a lot of effort in to help the team and he works much harder than his style shows. You can be cheated a little bit by his style of play, because he is fluent, easy, subtle and he does not look like he puts the effort in, but he does.“I knew he had a good physical potential, but did not know how good he was physically. He has a huge physical potential.” 1last_img read more