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first_img…as CoI continuesNatural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman on Monday stated that the Ministry has pledged support to the veterans of the security forces, throwing out proposals for lands to be set aside for housing, mining, or farming for them.Natural Resources Minister Raphael TrotmanTrotman made this statement at the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the conditions and circumstances facing veterans of the Guyana Defence Force, the Guyana Peoples Militia and the Guyana National Service. He stated that he has recognised that the protectors and defenders of the national patrimony must be given an inheritance or parts of that patrimony.“…they should be guaranteed specific portions that are set aside for this purpose. It may be land that is either in housing, mining, farming or forestry,” he said, pointing out to the Chairman of the CoI that: “as a means of both ensuring access to resources to veterans and for ensuring beneficial occupation of territory, persons may be assigned lands for settlements based on Company or Corps structure”.He affirmed that in his opinion, service to one’s country is the highest and most important form of service and when that service involves protecting and advancing the values, ideals, symbols and patrimony of the State and people, then it is to be treasured and set apart for the highest commendation.“It is selfless and sacrificial service that must be respected and rewarded,” he added, stating that these servicemen and women should be honoured for their service to the nation. He stated that the Ministry has several possible perspectives on how it can support the veterans.Trotman said in terms of mining in particular, many veterans are engaged in obtaining lands; therefore, he opined that mining lands can be set aside for individual servicemen or women or for large groups structured around what is referred to as a syndicate.Also, he stated, as Guyana develops the concept of generational transfers and sovereign wealth, and in the same way 20 per cent of royalties collected from mining within Amerindian titled villages is set aside, it is proposed for consideration that a percentage of royalties earned be transferred to the Treasury for addition to veterans’ pensions.The CoI is set up to investigate, examine, and report on the required support to enable the transition from service to civilian life for servicemen and women; the quality of welfare service that promotes independence, maintains dignity, and provides the required support after service; and the eligibility and adequacy of veterans’ benefits.These benefits include “compensation for disabling injuries, psychological trauma, or a terminal disease resulting from his or her participation in service activities; dedicated counselling and treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder or related conditions; honouring and memorialising of fallen veterans; education, training and skills’ development; facilitation of employment placement; facilitation of or advice on business opportunities; pension; access to healthcare; and housing”.Retired Colonel Desmond Roberts was sworn in before Georgetown Magistrate Judy Latchman as the lone Commissioner to deliver, within two months, a report on the findings into those matters; and to inquire into all incidental consequential matters connected therewith, to report the findings and conclusions, and to advise the State on the conditions and circumstances facing the veterans”.The report will be given to President David Granger.last_img read more

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first_img(L-R) House Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay, Senate Pro Temp Armah Z. Jallah and President of the Senate, Joseph N. BoakaiAlthough it has a huge to-do list, the Legislature – the House of Representatives and the Senate – has less than a week of working time left until its end.The 53rd Legislature, which started in January 2012, will end on January 8, 2018. The House’s upcoming recess this election year is the final break for lawmakers who will not be reelected. The legislative break is in the House’s rules and regulations, with reliance on Article 38 of the Constitution, which states: “Each House shall adopt its own rules of procedure, enforce order… All rules adopted by the Legislature shall conform to the requirements of due process of law laid down in this Constitution.”This week, which is the final business week for the August bodies, both Houses are under pressure to offload several legislation, known as landmark bills, including the Lands Right Act (LRA), Bill of Referendum and the Presidential Transition. The other bills include the Whistleblower and Witness Protection, the New Elections Law, the Amendment and Restatement of the Public Management Act (to manage and control public resources), and the Domestic Violence Act among others. Additionally, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf may come under increased pressure to win major legislative victories before the Legislature’s farewell break, which will formally be on Thursday, August 31.Speculation in the corridors of the Legislature says both Houses are considering a possible extension for at least three weeks as a result of a request from President Sirleaf. It has not been established whether it would be formal.Article 32(b) of the Constitution states “The President shall, on his own initiative or upon receipt of a certificate signed by at least one-fourth of the total membership of each House, and by proclamation, extend a regular session of the Legislature beyond the date for adjournment or call a special extraordinary session of that body to discuss or act upon matters of national emergency and concern. When the extension or call is at the request of the Legislature, the proclamation shall be issued not later than forty-eight hours after receipt of the certificate by the President.”The Daily Observer has reliably learned that both Houses also face an increasing number of legislative distractions because of the elections campaign, especially in the House of Representatives, where most committee chairs and co-chairs are busy with district projects and campaign activities for their hopeful re-election. There is a big divide among members of some committees over certain provisions in several acts, resulting in the lack of the required signatures to recommend to plenary for passage.Meanwhile, with House Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay being vice standard bearer on the ticket of the ruling Unity Party (UP) and Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, President of the Senate and UP standard bearer, there are signs that there would either be extra sessions besides the regular Tuesday and Thursday sessions, or an official extension.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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