Lewis appointed for clean-up after Williams voiced frustration By Miranda La Rose
Stabroek News
November 20, 2006

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Two days after Deputy Mayor Roberts Williams threatened to relinquish his role as chairman of the city council's enhancement programme for Cricket World Cup next year, City Hall announced in the newspapers the appointment of Rufus Lewis as co-ordinator of the programme.

At Monday's statutory meeting of the council, councillor Williams once again sitting in for the airborne Mayor Hamilton Green made the announcement expressing his frustration over the slothful approach by the council's administration in giving Lewis the stamp of approval.

According to the deputy mayor, Lewis, a retired senior officer of the municipality, was up to last Monday sitting in an empty office minus appropriate staff and furniture.

A cleaning woman was left to answer the telephone.

Lewis was identified for the job more than one month ago to be the lynchpin between the council and the enhancement group headed by city businessman Chris Fernandez. They were to flesh out the programme which is still to be made public.

It's worth mentioning that the Fernandes group which is intended to attract businessmen and which was launched at a public meeting held at the Sports Hall with the approval of the city council remained on the drawing board.

Just last week it was announced that the Jagdeo government had assembled a special Task Force under the direction of Cabinet to head and oversee a massive multi-million dollar clean-up and beautification of the city and its environs.

The government could wait no longer on the council to come up with its own plan. (Cecil Griffith)