‘All of Guyana will see development’ – Min. Sharma tells Woodley Park residents
DPI, Guyana, Friday, November 15, 2019
The Coalition Government is adamant that development must be brought to every area in Guyana, irrespective of whichever political party the community supports. Minister within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Hon. Jaipaul Sharma gave this reassurance to residents of Woodley Park, Region 5 this evening.
The residents, who gathered at the Woodley Park Primary School for a community meeting, had the opportunity to engage with Minister Sharma, who was part of a wider ministerial fan-out across Regions 5 and 6.
Minister Sharma emphasised the fact that the government cares about its populace, irrespective of race, religion, or political preference, and will continue to fight for democracy.
While pointing out some of the benefits realised under the current administration, the minister highlighted that the minimum wage has been increased significantly from about $30,000 to $70,000. He made a special note that this was done without the revenue from sugar – something the former administration failed to do.
According to Minister Sharma, the PPP administration was reckless in handling revenues as he cited its many failures. He referenced to the billions invested in the sugar industry yearly, and other failed projects such as the One Laptop Per Family.
The minister was keen to note that his visit was no elections gimmick but a genuine one to alert the villagers of progress made over the years.
Highlighting some of the works completed in the village to date, Minister Sharma reminded that the No-Confidence Motion, which was deemed valid by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), is limiting what the government can do at this time.
However, he noted that the government has achieved a significant amount of work in less than five years – much to the satisfaction of the people, as he assured that works which could not have been facilitated this year will be done next year under the 2020 Budget.
Briefly addressing the gathering as well was Regional Executive Officer, Ovid Morrison. The villagers were informed that money is being spent to develop their community as they are not being neglected. He referenced the over $3Billion, which was allocated to the region, for development and several projects in the village.
During the interactive session, residents put forward recommendations for the community’s continued development. One villager, Sham Ramkarran, communicated that roads in the community need upgrades. He claimed that lights were given to the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) to aid in the enhancement of the community; however, the NDC has reportedly opted to keep the lights until the opposition returns to power before the devices can be installed. Arjune Deochand, another resident, raised the matter of two posts leaning over the homes of villagers.
The issues raised were noted, and Minister Sharma has given assurances that it will be addressed shortly.