5Bs initiative helping families, ‘piracy’ a thing of the past – Reg. 6 residents

― Manchester residents come out in their numbers to meet Min. Cummings during a community meeting

― residents raise concerns, praise govt for ensuring the ‘good life’ for all

DPI, Guyana, Friday, April 19, 2019

For the first time in her life, Jean Leach, a resident of Manchester Village is feeling a level of comfort from a government. Leach, who is a single parent, explained that under this administration, her daughter, who was a school drop-out, had the opportunity to return to school and is now a qualified nurse at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC). Her son is a member of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and has been performing well under strict and dedicated management. Leach also benefited from the President’s implemented 5Bs initiative. An emotional Leach disclosed that: “Those yellow and green big buses help a lot. My grandson can now use it to go to school. At first, it was hard on us…. minister I thank you, I thank the government, for helping my family.”

This is just one of the views garnered from Manchester Village where hundreds of residents from the village and neighbouring communities attended a recent meeting facilitated by Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Karen Cummings.

The meeting was organised to listen to the concerns of residents of the East Berbice-Corentyne Region (Region 6), which saw several ministers being engaged in community meetings throughout the region.

At Manchester Village where Minister Cummings engaged with persons in attendance at her meeting, she encouraged neighbouring villagers to voice their concerns; reminding them that the reason for her visit is to listen and assist in every way possible.

Hernie Parks, who attended the meeting, was excited to have received the roaming microphone. He shared that for 23 years under the previous administration he was depressed. However, the new dispensation has brought with it a sense of security as he feels more secure now and no longer worried about being attacked. “Piracy is something of the past. We now have lights, and we know that better roads are coming… minister, continue the good work!” he exclaimed.

The exercise at Manchester Village followed the ‘Government comes to you’ initiative, which was held at the University of Guyana’s, Tain Berbice Campus, on Tuesday, April 16.

Earlier that day, a Cabinet meeting was held at State House in New Amsterdam, the first-ever to be held in the region.

As the government continues to meet its citizens, persons residing at Mahaica-Berbice, Region 5 are encouraged to take advantage of the next initiative which will be hosted on April 25, 2019.

Kellon Rover.

Image: Jules Gibson.

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