Roy Gilbert

Quartz Stone raid underlines many problems besetting mines commission

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Dear Editor,

As a Guyanese and as someone who has been a part of the mining industry for over 20 years I’m deeply saddened by the present state of affairs at the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission. Long gone are the glory days where the commission was well run by stalwarts such as former commissioner Woolford, Kampta Persaud, Derrick Babb etc. Visionary leaders who always put the health of the commission first, generated revenue and championed the causes of workers creating a safe and adequate work environment.

Based on all reports, at present there is an ineffective leadership structure. Staff members have lost confidence in management’s ability to make the right decisions to the point where nothing really comes as much of a surprise anymore. This is the present state of affairs that is being allowed to flourish at one of our most important national institutions.

At the very top, the commissioner seems very reactive in leadership style. There is always a delayed response to every issue presented and no attempt at taking the bull by the horns. As a result of this, the commissioner is always preoccupied with putting out fires only to have another sprout in a different location. As if this isn’t bad enough, the commissioner is also a graduate of the Neville Chamberlain school of appeasement. This can be an effective strategy when used correctly but in this case it just results in the creation of insubordinate managers and constant internal conflicts.

The deputy commissioner (DC) technical is […]

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