Fingers are pointing at some public officers for allegedly engaging in acts of sabotage against the 5-month old National Democratic Congress (NDC) government on securing finance for the Grenada delegation to travel to Egypt for the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference, more commonly referred to as COP-27.
Well-placed sources told THE NEW TODAY that the Dickon Mitchell-led administration was forced to use state funds in many instances to pay for members of the local delegation to make their way to the global meeting held from November 6 – 18 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
According to one official, there was some bungling by top civil servants to get the funding in time from donors agencies like in previous years during the reign of former Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell and his then ruling New National Party (NNP) government.
He said that there was nothing but “poor organisation” coming from those public officers charged with the responsibility of making the preparation for the Grenada delegation to attend COP-27.
He recalled that in previous years, funding agencies and friendly foreign governments provided all of the funds for Grenada to attend the Climate Change forums.
“Grenada in the past never had to spend one dollar and this had all been organised in due time,” he said.
“For some reason they claimed that they were late and as a result couldn’t source the financing necessary and therefore went ahead and used the Grenada Government Credit Card to book some of the tickets. They may get them refunded and some may have been refunded already,” he added.
The official went on to say: “The people who were supposed to organise these things waited until the very last minute to do it and therefore, they did not do the things they ordinarily would have done in the past, so it was a rush and hurry.”
“The technical people on the ground who were supposed to organise these things did not do a good job and therefore, if the government incurred any cost it is because of their poor execution.”
“Something that they are accustomed to doing every other year – they know and they’re accustomed but they just deliberately (did not do a good job).”
There have been frequent calls from several Congress members and supporters for Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell to lessen the influence within the public service of persons identified as operatives of the defeated NNP regime of former Prime Minister Keith Mitchell.
Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell was expected to attend the Egypt Climate Change Conference but pulled out at the last minute.
The Grenada delegation was headed by Climate Resilience Minister Kerryne James who reportedly received funding from a donor agency.