Opposition Parliamentarian, Bishop Juan Edghill has invited a newly formed association to meet with the members of the Opposition for strong representation at the level of the Parliament for the scrap metal trade to be resumed.The APNU+AFC placed a ban on this multimillion trade shortly after it assumed office in 2015, and to date, it is yet to be restarted – causing major hardship for the hundreds of persons who earned a living in the industry.
President of the newly formed association called Guyana Metal Dealers and General Exporters Association, Malek Cave blasted the Government during its launch on Tuesday.
Cave explained that he has been trying desperately to meet with any government official to discuss the continuation of the trade but to no avail.
“This government has shown that it has little regards for us,” he lamented.
But Edghill assured him that the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) is willing and ready to assist the association put pressure on the government so the trade can be resumed.
“We support the urgent reopening of this trade and the lifting of the ban in a very controlled and regulated manner. If you meet with us at the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, we are prepared to help you,” he stated.
He suggested that the PPP can table a motion or pose questions to the government ministers in the National Assembly.
He reminded that similar representation was made by the PPP regarding the wildlife trade and this forced the government to resume that trade.
To date, the Association has approximately 60 members and it is encouraging more persons to get on board and join the fight against the coalition administration for the scrap metal trade to be resumed.