Minister of Public Works, Juan Edghill is calling for Public Accounts Committee Chair, David Patterson to resign as Chair of the committee.
The calls came in light of the fact that several documents surfaced showing the former Minister receiving gifts from several agencies which fell under his care while being Minister of Public Infrastructure.
Minister Edghill, during an impromptu press conference, said that Patterson received gifts and personal items totaling $ 2.246 million.
On May 4, 2017, $117, 200 were spent on gifts from the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority’s account for Patterson. Also on this day, $76,400 was also gifted to Patterson in gifts.
On May 3- 4, 2018, another $300,000 was purchased for Patterson’s birthday by MARAD.
On May 7, 2018, purchased a cross pen for 25,000 for Patterson.
On August 24, 2018, MARAD, purchased
On May 4 2020, two months after the General Elections, Patterson received gifts from the MARAD totaling $704,292. On the same day, there was another purchase of $387,486.
May 6, 2020, Patterson received gifts worth $54,720 from tax payers.
Further, between June 2015 and July 2016, Patterson and his junior Minister, Annette Ferguson received over $6 million worth in home furnishing and electronic devices form the Demerara Harbour Bridge.
The Minister called into question Patterson’s moral compass. He said the very person who is scrutinizing the Government’s spending, is in the public court over misspending while he was in office.
Edghill further questioned, what motivated the Heads of Agencies to spend the sum stated on Patterson and Ferguson?
The Minister further noted that he is not on a political campaign to sully the good name of Mr. Patterson. However, the Minister quipped that it is Patterson who is using politics to obfuscate the abuse of spending while in office.
Edghill is calling on Patterson to do the descent thing “Patterson must do the decent thing and resign as Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee”