…says regional education budget misspent over Independence celebrationsThe Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) administration has completed 98 per cent of its work programme and Chairman David Armogan is optimistic that the Council will complete all proposed projects for the year.Regional Chairman David ArmoganSpeaking about the performance of the Regional Democratic Council, Armogan said that the Regional Administration has performed well.The region was allocated $7.6 billion from the National Budget for 2019. Of that amount, $6.9 billion was budgeted under the current budget and the 97 per cent has so far been spent, while $744 million as budgeted on the capital programme of that, 96 per cent has been spent, giving an overall total 97 per cent the region’s 2019 budget.“So, works are ongoing at the moment and some works have been completed as well but the payments have not been made as yet. And once the payments have not been made, it will not be reflected here in the report,” he explained.If the payments are not made before December 31, 2019, funds will go back to the consolidated fund, Armogan explained.“Every cent that goes back to the consolidated refund is goods and services that the people of Region Six are being robbed of because these monies were budgeted to do works for the people and if we are returning that money, it means that we would not have done what you were supposed to do,” the Chairman added. He added that one outstanding project is the purchase of a bulldozer. He said that $80 million was budgeted for the machine.Meanwhile, under Administration and Finance, a total of $162 million was budgeted and according to Armogan, 96 per cent of the work programme has been completed.“For this month, wages and salaries have not come out from the 96 per cent, so, it means if when this money is taken out, we will probably be about 100 per cent in the Region Administration and Finance.”Under Public Works, $320 million was budgeted and so far, 84 per cent has been completed. According to the Chairman, there are still some bridges which are expected to be completed before the year ends.Under Agriculture, a total of $875 million was budgeted; 97 per cent has been completed.The largest slice of the budget went to education, where $3.7 billion was budgeted for Region Six with salaries soaking up almost 55 per cent. Ninety-eight per cent of the budget has been exhausted.“So, in terms of repairs to schools and so, there is no money available right now. If there is an urgent need at the school during this out-of-school period, there is no money available. All have expired. I think that to some extent the money was misspent in some ways because for Independence celebrations, this region has to take massive sums of money out of the Regional EducationBudget to send two or three buses every day for an entire month to take students from some of the schools in Region Six to Georgetown. So, a lot of money would have taken away what could have been spent on other areas in education,” the Regional Chairman said.
0Shares0000The Englishman finished a clinical counter-attacking move to win the game for his side in a London Derby thriller. Photo/DAILY MAILLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 29 – Chelsea ruined Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta’s home debut as Tammy Abraham’s late strike sealed a dramatic 2-1 win after Bernd Leno’s horrific blunder turned the tide in a thrilling London derby on Sunday.Leading through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s early goal at the Emirates Stadium, Arteta was just seven minutes away from securing his first victory in his second game in charge. But Gunners goalkeeper Leno made a hash of coming to catch a free-kick and Jorginho tapped in to spark a Chelsea fightback that climaxed in Abraham firing home with three minutes left.After dominating the first half, it was a shocking but familiar collapse from Arsenal, whose lack of steel was the key element in the downfall of Arteta’s predecessor Unai Emery.In their final game of the decade, Arsenal showed just how much work Arteta has to do to steer the Gunners back to respectability in his first managerial role.After coming from behind to rescue a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth in his first match on Thursday, Arteta would have been encouraged by their bright start — but not the woeful meltdown that leaves Arsenal with only one win in their last 15 games in all competitions.A late double from Jorginho and Tammy Abraham saw Chelsea snatch a dramatic win from Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. Photo/DAILY MAILArsenal, 12 points adrift of the top four, have lost four consecutive home fixtures in all competitions for the first time in 60 years.They also suffered three successive top-flight home defeats for the first time since 1977.While Arteta held his head in despair after Abraham’s winner, Frank Lampard’s wild celebration showed Chelsea’s need for the win after a difficult period of their own.Fourth placed Chelsea had lost five of their last seven league games, but a second successive away win — following their recent impressive success at Tottenham — moves them four points clear of fifth placed Manchester United.There was no fanfare for Arteta before kick-off, the Spaniard quietly take his place on the bench to applause from Arsenal fans but without any elaborate introduction.Chelsea went close early on when Willian’s quick free-kick caught Arsenal flat-footed, allowing Mason Mount to drift into space for a fierce strike that stung Leno’s palms.– Arsenal collapse –Arsenal could not muster a late equaliser themselves as Mikel Arteta searches for his first victory as the Gunners manager. Photo/DAILY MAILBut, initially vibrant in possession and tireless without the ball, Arsenal exposed Chelsea’s own problems at the back to take the lead with a well-rehearsed set-piece routine in the 13th minute.Calum Chambers was positioned perfectly to rise above Fikayo Tomori and glance Mesut Ozil’s corner towards Aubameyang.The Gabon striker, who also scored in Arteta’s first game, applied the finishing touch, escaping Emerson’s slack marking to guide a diving header past Kepa Arrizabalaga for his 15th goal of the season.Arteta didn’t hide his delight, fist-pumping in celebration of the first home goal of his reign.Aubameyang’s goal meant Chelsea had kept just two clean sheets in their last 11 league fixtures and, with Arsenal well on top and threatening to score again, Lampard was forced to take drastic action.In a bid to shake Chelsea out of their lethargy, Lampard hauled off Brazilian wing-back Emerson and sent on Italy midfielder Jorginho as he ditched his 3-4-3 formation after just 33 minutes.The switch proved an inspired move but not before Mount, N’Golo Kante and Antonio Rudiger were all booked in quick succession as Chelsea used brute blunt Arsenal’s momentum.Chelsea were on top in the second half and teenage debutant Tariq Lamptey led the charge when his surge ended with Abraham’s shot being blocked by David Luiz.Leno’s game-changing 83rd minute howler was truly farcical, the German lying with his head in his hands after his misjudgement of Mount’s high free-kick allowed Jorginho to tap into the empty net.Suddenly, Arsenal reverted to their nervous former selves and Chelsea took full advantage to complete a remarkable fightback four minutes later.Willian broke into the Arsenal area and crossed to Abraham, who turned unchecked by the ponderous Shkodran Mustafi to fire a cool strike under Leno.0Shares0000(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)