President Granger has responsibility for oil and gas sector – Harmon

first_imgMinister of State, Joseph Harmon on Thursday reiterated that responsibility for the oil and gas sector rested solely with President David Granger, even though he is answerable to the National Assembly for the Ministry of the Presidency and its departments, which include the Department of Energy.Minister Harmon was at the time speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of the Partnership Initiative for Sustainable Land Management High-Level Meeting of Caribbean Ministers from Small Island Developing States at the Marriott Hotel, Georgetown.Responding to an article carried on the online news site, Demerara Waves, captioned “Granger takes charge of oil and gas sector; Harmon not required to meet with oil company executives”, dated October 17, 2018, Minister Harmon explained that at previous post-Cabinet press briefings, it was made explicitly clear that the Department of Energy would be under the purview of the President.“I had announced that His Excellency would have established the Department of Energy from August 1, 2018 and that it would be headed by a Director, Dr MarkPresident David GrangerBynoe and that the entity will report directly to His Excellency, who would exercise personal supervision over it. So, it is strange [to hear this now]. You understand that in the way in which our official gazettes are published … with ministerial responsibility that all of these issues, which fall under the President and the Ministry of the Presidency will be published under my name so that I will answer to those issues in the National Assembly,” Minister Harmon said. At the post-Cabinet press briefing on March 8, 2018, Neil Marks, a reporter attached to local media outfit, the Newsroom, questioned whether the Minister of State would be gazetted as the person who held responsibility for the Department of Energy.Minister Harmon had responded, “the Department of Energy is under the Ministry of the Presidency and will receive direct guidance from His Excellency, the President. The quintet of Ministers with responsibility for oil and gas have been tasked with setting up the various items that I’ve explained to you, 10 different things – the structure, functioning, the capacity building and all of these different issues will be dealt with under that. So, it’s basically giving more space, more authority, more resources and the direct eye of the President in dealing with these issues.”Further, Denis Chabrol, from the Demerara Waves, followed up on this question, querying who will be the reporting Minister to the House when it comes to the Energy Department. Minister Harmon stated on that occasion that “once it is in the Ministry of the Presidency, the Minister of State is the person who will answer to the Parliament for any matter that relates to the Ministry of the Presidency”.In reference to a letter from the President to oil companies, which DemeraraMinister of State, Joseph HarmonWaves quoted in its article, Minister Harmon said that even before the President’s letter was dispatched; he would have already written to the companies and other agencies informing them of the change.“Even before the letter that you spoke about written by His Excellency, I had written to all of the companies, including the international banks and some foreign countries, indicating to them that the Department of Energy was established on August 1, 2018 and that all issues in relation to oil and gas were to be referred to that entity under Dr Bynoe.“It is important, with this being a new entity, that we establish very clearly the authority of the entity and this is what His Excellency, the President has reinforced; that this is a new department of Government established and, therefore, we have to work assiduously to ensure that it is given that authority and scope which is required by us,” the Minister of State said.last_img read more

How Man United could line up next season with Fred, Maguire and Perisic

first_img 13 GETTY Jose Mourinho knows he has to deliver this season 13 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures 13 possible standings CM: PAUL POGBA – After starring for France in their World Cup-winning campaign, all eyes will be on the former Juventus man. If he does not perform, expect to see the blame pointed at Mourinho this time around 13 13 REVEALED 13 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade silverware Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has made no secret he is keen to add to his squad before the beginning of the Premier League season.The Red Devils face Leicester City on August 10 at Old Trafford in the evening kick-off to kick-start the 2018/19 season. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? smart causal Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 13 Would you be happy with this line up United fans? RW: IVAN PERISIC – Another star of the World Cup, the Croatia star is reportedly key to Anthony Martial’s future. With the France international keen to leave, the Red Devils will reportedly sanction a move if they can land the Inter Milan star instead. LB: LUKE SHAW – With Ashley Young looking shaky at the World Cup, this could be the former Southampton man’s chance to prove he deserves to be first-choice left back How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? 13 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 13 RB: ANTONIO VALENCIA – The new club captain after Michael Carrick’s retirement is almost certain to start CB: ERIC BAILLY – Blessed with incredible physical attributes, the former Villarreal man needs to fine tune the technical side of his game. Clearly frustrated at the club’s transfer business thus far, the Portuguese has made no secret of his desire to add more signings to a squad already brimming with talent.The former Chelsea boss admitted he was ‘frustrated’ at how few players he had at his disposal following the World Cup, and has stressed he wants a right-winger and a centre half to add to his ranks. 13 CB: HARRY MAGUIRE – The Leicester City star is apparently keen to become a Man United player before the start of the new Premier League season. Plus he looks good in red gameday cracker With a world record move for Harry Maguire touted and Ivan Perisic set to replace the outgoing Anthony Martial, expect to see a flurry of activity at Old Trafford.So how could the Red Devils line up next season? Scroll down to see the potential Manchester United starting XI. who plays? CDM: NEMANJA MATIC – So consistent and trusted by Jose Mourinho. His strength on the ball and diligence off it will be crucial to the Red Devils’ chances of success Latest Manchester United news 13 13 REVEALED 13 LW: ALEXIS SANCHEZ – The Chilean has enjoyed his first pre-season in many years without various international commitments or injuries to contend with. Will be desperate to show his best to justify his astronomical wages CDM: FRED – After months of negotiations, Mourinho finally got his man – despite the offer from the ‘noisy neighbours’ down the road CF: ROMELU LUKAKU – Another player who had a fantastic World Cup, the Belgium striker will know accusations of another indifferent season can be deflected onto his manager. GK: DAVID DE GEA – Just manages to edge out Lee Grant for the No.1 spot… RANKED last_img read more