$10 billion transformation for Region Three

Some $10 billion will be exhausted this year to advance the transformative agenda of the Essequibo Islands-West Demerara (Region Three).

This major investment will see improvements in the living standards of residents in the areas of health, education, and agriculture.

Minister of Local Government and Regional Development, Nigel Dharamlall, M.P

Some $7.6 billion was approved in the 2022 National Budget under the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development. The region will also benefit from investments from the Ministries of Public Works and Agriculture, which Minister of Local Government and Regional Development, Nigel Dharamlall, M.P said will exceed $10 billion.

The minister met with members of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) on Friday, and urged the officials to ensure that the investments reflect the government’s commitment to the people.

We would like to see people get help across this region in every single village. As it relates to community development, we have enough resources at the RDC.

We will also be providing more resources to the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) directly and indirectly, to make sure that little things that irritate people get done within our communities,” the minister said.

He said while government will be doing the ‘heavy-lifting,’ each local organ must play its role in the region’s development. To complement this effort, officials were urged to meet with the region’s Community Enhancement Workers (CEWs) to ensure their work is done effectively.

He also reiterated government’s position on ensuring every contractor is awarded contracts within their capability for the betterment of the residents there.

“Region Three is slated for massive development and the economic transformation of this region is going to be on parallel as Region Four, and so, the potential of this region is enormous.”

Minister Dharamlall recommitted government’s intention to focus on people-centered programmes to enhance the quality of life for all.

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