“When you have your captain, teammates, coaches and everyone believe in you, it motivates you every day to do the job. We have Allan Ottey, (Fabian) McCarthy, Ronaldo Rodney, Cory Hylton and Otis Friend and if everyone starts clicking then that will take some pressure off my back,” he analysed. Williams is confident the title will be MoBay United’s again and he is also looking to take Nelson’s record. “We are going to defend our title,” he stated confidently. “And this season, I am eyeing Roen Nelson’s 30 goals for a season. I hope I get a good start and maintain. “If I can play almost every game, I can reach my target. If I get 10 goals for the first round that would be a good total. Anything under 10 I will not be satisfied, but anything over will be a bonus,” he said. EVERYONE CLICKING The 2015/2016 football season was not as good as it could have been for Montego Bay United striker, Dino Williams. The 26-year-old started the Red Stripe Premier League with a bang, netting 14 goals in 19 games to lead the League. However, he departed for trial with Indy Eleven in the North American Soccer League (NASL). But injury denied him a contract. On his return to domestic football, the injury limited his contribution, though he still scored the winning goal in the Premier League final. Over the off-season, the prolific striker’s body recuperated fully and for the first time in years he is starting a season injury free and warns that this could be his most devastating yet. One of his key ambitions is to take Roen Nelson’s 30-goal-a-season record. “Over the years, I always have some nagging injury, so to start the league injury-free is a plus for me and my team,” said Williams. “This season, I plan to work hard and do the right things. Once I have fitness, I will be on my ‘A’ game and I know every game I can get one or two goals. “This season, you are going to see a different Dino Williams, a more aggressive Dino Williams, with more off the ball movements. “You are going to see a more explosive Dino Williams, creating a lot of damage, leading MoBay United and playing his best football,” he warned. For five successive seasons, MoBay failed to start their season with a win and the omen continued on the opening day with a 2-1 loss to newcomers Maverley-Hughenden at Wespow Park. However, they rebounded with a 1-0 victory over Tivoli Gardens at Edward Seaga Sports Complex on Sunday, with Williams responsible for the all-important goal, netting at the 25th minute. Williams is convinced opposing defenders will find it hard to stop him and his teammates.
… still to account for millions not returned to TreasuryChief Executive Officer of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), Allan Johnson has failed to comply with an order of the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to submit records substantiating that the institution did in fact return millions of dollars to the Treasury in compliance with the financial laws of the land.The glaring financial discrepancy was raised by the Auditor General in his 2015 report and queried by the Public Accounts Committee on Monday last.Johnson and his Finance Director had differing versions of whether all unspent money allocated to the entity had been returned to the Treasury at the end of the year.Johnson had told the Committee that all of the unspent money for 2015 and 2016 had been returned to the Treasury; his Finance Director claimed otherwise and none were able to produce the corroborating documents.Checks with the Parliamentary Committee Division on Thursday revealed that none of the requested information has been submitted by the Hospital’s CEO or a designate.PAC Member and former Minister within the Finance Ministry, Bishop Juan Edghill has since charged that Johnson was deliberately being evasive on political instructions in order to frustrate the work of the PAC as it probed the Auditor General’s findings with regards discrepancies in the institution’s spending of taxpayers’ dollars in recent years.Either that or he is grossly incompetent, according to the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) member of the PAC.Edghill told Guyana Times “any Accounting Officer worth his salt would arm himself with the necessary personnel and information in order to adequately address the audit queries when appearing before PAC.”The former Minister in the Finance Ministry told this publication that Johnson would have known about the query at least six months ago when the audit findings would have been turned over to that institution.PAC Chairman, Opposition Member of Parliament Irfaan Ali questioning the GPHC officials on MondayHe further charged that the institution would have been subject to ‘exit interviews’ with the Audit Office over the discrepancies raised.Supporting his claim of a political hand pulling the proverbial strings, Edghill drew reference to the fact that GPHC is currently under intense scrutiny by the PPP/C opposition particularly over its procurement of drugs and pointed to a recent incident where members of a Parliamentary Sectoral Committee was prevented from inspecting GPHCs storage bond.The former Government Minister said the PAC will be making its recommendations when preparing its report for the Full House of the National Assembly.In that report, according to Edghill, recommendations may be made for disciplinary action, whether departmentally or criminally, whether fines should be paid or the hospital CEO surcharged.The former Government Minister said too that the Finance Secretary, Dr Hector Butts is also empowered to act under the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act.He told Guyana Times in an exclusive interview on Thursday that he was yet to receive any notification from the Clerk of Committees as it relates to whether Johnson did in fact lay over documents promised to that parliamentary body – to be submitted on Tuesday last.On Monday last during the PAC meeting when the GPHC officials failed on numerous occasions to provide specific answers on spending undertaken by the Hospital in 2015, Chairman Irfaan Ali intervened and brought the proceedings to a close before ousting Johnson.The PAC Chairman was adamant the GPHC’s CEO, “is trying to frustrate the PAC, I believe the CEO, you, you are disrespectful… you came here before you know who are the relevant offices that need to be before PAC.”According to Ali, “this behaviour would not be tolerated; I will not allow you to waste the PAC time… we are going to ask you to leave this morning and we are going to get back to you and we hope you come back prepared the next time.”He used the occasion to draw to Johnson’s attention the fact the public was an integral stakeholder in the process.By the end of the PAC session, Edghill posited that the postulations on the part of the Hospital CEO could have been very deliberate, “coming to PAC this morning with one member of staff who is not capable and in possession of all of the information”.