Amidst claims to the contrary, Mabaruma municipality bolstering developments –Deputy Mayor

GINA, GUYANA, Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Mabaruma municipality, Region One is working to strengthen developments in the district. With the acquisition of its assets which were housed at the RDC Building while the town hall was being renovated, work will proceed at a faster pace, the town’s Deputy Mayor, Astrille Gamell said.

Gamell told the Government Information Agency (GINA), that the municipality has been accused of not working to develop the district, but in face of challenges, there have been significant improvements and more are forthcoming.

Deputy Mayor, Mabaruma, Region One, Astrille Gamell

“Some of the developments here are that we were able to build a few bus sheds so that the school children can benefit… our town hall is being renovated so within two months we should occupy our town hall and continue working. Some persons have said we’re not working, but we are working discreetly to develop our region,” Gamell emphasised.

Four bus sheds were constructed at a cost of $600,000 each. The Municipality is also working to create a playground in Wanaina to attract more visitors. Stalls for the tarmac in the market area are almost completed, the Deputy Mayor said.

She added that because the municipality’s building was being renovated, all of its assets (chairs, computers and other equipment) were housed at the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) office. Now that the renovation is nearing completion, and the municipality has received its assets, all the developments will soon be realised.

“We’re happy that the Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan sent a letter to the RDC to hand over all assets from the Neighbourhood Democratic Council to the municipality. We were experiencing difficulties with that, but we have now received all assets to our municipality and from now on, we can continue developing our areas,” Gamell highlighted.

Further, the Deputy Mayor noted that the municipality has not yet started collecting revenues from persons in the constituency. She explained that the town is working to have certain systems in place before revenue collection begins.

The almost completed facility that will accommodate the stalls at Mabaruma

Gamell stated that the municipality was also accused of collecting funds to execute projects. Expressing her gratitude to the government, she pointed out that amidst challenges; the government has been supporting the municipality continuously.

“Thank God for Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson, who we were getting assistance from to mobilise and execute projects. I want to thank the government of today for the great assistance given to us because we started off as nothing, and it was very challenging, especially when we have to face people coming for assistance,” Gamell stated.

The Deputy Mayor declared that hope is not lost for the Mabaruma District, as the municipality will work speedily to bring about new developments.

The Mabaruma district is set to benefit from other developments. Recently the government granted its approval for the award of contracts for the rehabilitation of six lots of all-weather roads in Region One. Mabaruma district will be a beneficiary.

By: Ranetta la Fleur

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