‘Coalition Govt ensuring the citizens are comfortable’
— Min. Sharma engages Huis ’t Dieren residents
— “The central govt will assist” if the NDC is not functioning
DPI, Guyana, Saturday, November 16, 2019
Minister with the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Hon. Jaipaul Sharma took the government’s message of development to residents on the Essequibo Coast.
On Saturday afternoon, Minister Sharma met with residents during a meeting in the community of Huis’ t Dieren where he highlighted some of the developmental projects implemented under the Coalition Government.
During the interactive session, one of the issues raised was the state of the roads in a nearby housing scheme. Being responsible for public infrastructure across the country, Minister Sharma assured that the matter will be looked into as soon as possible.
Other matters raised by the residents included that maintenance of the communities’ koker and streetlights.
Minister Sharma noted that the “issues of this community are no different from those in other communities in any region… the people want to receive public service, public infrastructure and other amenities to enjoy the good life.”
In this regard, he reminded the residents that they must hold the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDC) accountable since the councillors have been elected to perform a function.
The minister noted, however, if for any reason the NDC is not functioning or is unable to carry out the works requested of them:
“The central government will assist. For example, at the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, we will collaborate with the Ministry of Agriculture to utilise their services to address a drainage and irrigation matter. So, we are supplementing the work of the NDC to ensure the citizens are comfortable,” he explained.
Minister Sharma expressed his appreciation that residents took advantage of the opportunity to engage with government officials.