Georgetown, Guyana – (September 18, 2015) Minister of State, Joseph Harmon has declared that the Government will not interfere with any of the appointed State Boards, but will allow them to function independently.
He was at the time responding to questions posed by journalists at this week’s post Cabinet press briefing, on whether the newly appointed Guyana National Broadcasting Authority’s Board will be reviewing and revoking radio licenses, which were freely granted under the former administration.
“We’ve always said that these boards must be independent and they must act in an independent manner. The Boards will know based on what they have seen before it, what it is that they have to do. We will not give any directions to the board as to what they have to do,” Minister Harmon said.
Minister Harmon said that while the licenses were granted due to political interference in the past administration, the new administration has no plans to ‘travel the same route’, which they have spoken out against.
In this regard, he said that it is the responsibility of the Guyanese people to approach the Boards if there are any issues, while reiterating that the Government will rely on the credibility and integrity of the members to do what is best for the country and its citizens.
“I believe that now that the Boards have been established, it is really the duty of those affected; the Guyanese public in general, to go the Boards and share their concerns. The administration will not direct any of the State Boards nor give any instructions as to whose license should be taken or who should get a license. This is the same thing that happened in the previous administration. We have appointed a board and we will rely on the integrity and the strength of that board to do what is right by the people of Guyana,” he expressed.