200 jobs for Lindeners, govt to reopen call centre – Min. Hughes

─ $60M budgeted to rehabilitate the centre

– govt on a series of countrywide outreaches to ascertain the conditions under which people live and get a view on matters which affect them

– ensuring citizens benefiting from the good life promised

DPI, Guyana, Saturday, February 2, 2019

Lindeners can expect 200 new jobs in the field of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) by the end of 2019. This is after the government would have invested $60M to rehabilitate the old call centre in the mining town.

This disclosure was made by Minister of Public Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes who recently visited the mining town. The visit to the region was also to meet and interact with residents of One Mile, Wismar and its environs. The minister was part of a much larger team of government ministers and officials who spent the day in Linden listening to concerns raised by the residents to craft tangible solutions.

The building which previously housed the call centre; Toucan Connections Incorporated, has been identified for the rehabilitative works. In 2015, the management of the call centre at that time abruptly ceased services putting more than 90 persons out of a job.

Since then, the government has earnestly sought to restore hope to the town of Linden by ensuring that young persons are qualified and trained in the field of ICT to take up employment at the call centre.

In addition to this, Minister Hughes advocated for more young persons to broaden their horizon in the field of ICT. While in Linden, the minister met with a group of young people who were undergoing training.

“I am preparing Guyana to become one of the ICT Hubs of the Caribbean, and that depends on each and every one of you knowing this stuff (computer and technology) back to front.”

Minister Hughes advised all residents of the community she visited that they too must seek training in the field of ICT in preparation for the various opportunities that would present itself in this area of skill and competence.

Delicia Haynes

Images: Marceano Naraine

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