$20.9M for green sustainable projects in Region Nine

DPI, Guyana, Friday, June 29, 2018

Sixteen Region Nine communities received cheques valued at $20.8M to embark on green sustainable projects under the Presidential Grant fund programme.

The cheques were handed over by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, who is performing the duties of President, during the Regional Toshaos’ Conference being held at the Indigenous Conference Hall at Lethem, Region Nine.

Village Amount Project
Kumu $800,000 Construction of village benab
Nappi $1,000,000 Upgrading of farm to market road
Kaicumbay $800,000 Construction of village pavilion
Churikadnau $800,000 Construction of storage bond
Crashwater $1,000,000 Upgrading of 3km roads
Annai $1,000,000 Sewing project for women’s group
Aranaputa $1,000,000 Construction of village ranch
Kuraudarnau $1,499,980 Construction of pavilion
Katoka $1,000,000 Construction of water well trestle
Meriwau $800,000 Construction of village office
Aishalton $1,500,000 Fencing of farming area and repair to the bridge
Sawariwau $1,200,000 Furnishing of village office and repairs to village minibus
Awarewaunau $1,200,000 Expansion of village shop
Karasabai $1,500,000 Furnishing of village office
Parishara $800,000 Construction of hot meal kitchen
Rupertee $800,000 Road project

Some $782.5M was invested in the region for presidential grants and capital works for the year 2015 to 2017. For 2018, a total of $243.6M will be invested for social and economic projects in the 57 villages in the Rupununi region.

The latter will include presidential grants amounting to $57.8M, $131M for the Green Energy Development Centre; $5M for equipping workshops and labs at Bina Hill Institute, $5M for eco-tourism project at Karasabai; $17M for tractor and trailer for Sawariwu and Aranaputa Village; $20M for farm to market roads and trails at Maruranau, Rupertee, Pai Pang to Karasabai and Masakenari to Parabara; $3.2M for ATC for Tipuru and Rukumuta; and $800,000 for boat for Sand Creek. The Bina Hill Institute received a $50M subvention, while the KMCRG received $4.5M.

Prime Minister Nagamootoo said that the government is committed to creating opportunities for the indigenous people to become self-sufficient, thereby alleviating the culture of dependency in communities. “We have to move away from the idea that because you are Amerindians and you are from the interior, that you have to become mendicants, beggars and always have to stretch out your hands to always receive.”

Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Sydney Allicock said that “we have come a far way. The journey is long. We must keep our eyes on the prize. That prize is the good life; the good life we are building is founded on sustainable development with the context of the Green State Development Strategy.

Development in this regard, he added, is making its presence positively and progressively more pronounced in the region.

By: Synieka Thorne.

Image: Keno George.