“Don’t join the bandwagon; pay up and build”

– Housing Minister tells new region three land owners

DPI, GUYANA, Thursday, September 13, 2018

Minister within the Ministry of Communities with responsibility for housing Valerie Adams Patterson-Yearwood has advised residents of Region Three (Essequibo Island/ West Demerara) to work towards paying off for their lands and begin building as soon as they receive their titles.

The Minister was delivering remarks to residents, moments before she distributed close to 100 house lots to families in the region at the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) earlier today.

The Ministry has made available house lots in the Tuschen Phase two and Block 8 areas for applicants, from as far back as 1989.

“I encourage you not to join the bandwagon. You are here, and I believe the reason why you are here is that you need a house lot. And because you need a house lot I am going to give you a house lot.”

She said persons must aid in the process by utilising the house lots as too often persons who are allocated house lots leave the land to become overgrown with bushes. The Minister said there are countless persons who would give anything to have those very land. The lots distributed cost $92,000 for low-income earners and $500,000 for middle income.

The Department of Public Information spoke with some of the elated recipients.

Gopaul Sanasie said that he had applied for his house lot ten years ago. While he was allocated a plot of land at Stewartville and paid for it he was never shown the land.  Today, Sanasie and two other families received their lot in Tuschen.

“I was waiting for this for ten years now since I applied. And with the Minister being here, I guess this is the fastest thing that could have ever happened,” he said.

Amidst tears Raymond Khan and his wife Nalinie Etwaroo said they had applied for a house lot since 1989, however, they were never fortunate to be allocated a land.

“We squat and build a little house and live in it on the dam. We are happy for the government to give us our land, we are really thankful,” the couple said.

Minister Patterson said the government’s objective of securing a good life for all Guyanese is being realised. She stressed that a good life is not having to pay a monthly rent, but rather, being able to own one’s own home.

Alexis Rodney

Images: Keno George

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