Govt commended for historic “highest increase” of minimum wage

─ Mocha Arcadia residents anticipate greater things from the Coalition

─ “We are a govt for the development of every Guyanese” – AG Williams reminded

DPI, Guyana, Friday, November 15, 2019

Residents in the community of Mocha Arcadia have registered their appreciation of the AFC+APNU Coalition Government.

At a community meeting held late Thursday afternoon with Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Hon. Basil Williams SC., residents asked that the minister relay their gratitude to His Excellency, President David Granger, stating that they were looking forward to even greater things from the government.

“I am very happy about the increase in wages that the president announced.” Kate Chichester told the Department of Public Information (DPI). The Mocha Arcadia resident said she was indeed looking forward to better things to come.

Another resident, Owen Sears, a former member of the Guyana Police Force (GPF), said even though he is a pensioner, he was happy with the move by the government. He explained that when he retired as a Corporal of Police, his salary was, in fact, $39,000. “Now that the money increased to $70,000 that is great. I know, even as a pensioner, I also will enjoy part of what the public service receives.”

Donsford Jeffrey, a private security officer, expressed the hope the announcement will trickle down in the private sector. “I am satisfied with what the Minister of Finance announced,” Jeffrey noted.

In the meantime, during his open discussion with residents at the Mocha Community Center, the Attorney General made it clear that the current administration was intent on developing every region of the country, regardless of political preferences and ethnicity.

“We are a government for the development of every Guyanese… In the short years that we have had, the Coalition Government has begun transforming this country, so that you as Guyanese people are proud of being Guyanese,” AG Williams declared.

He said in previous years, communities lacked the necessary infrastructure development; no roads, lights, no proper drainage and many without water.

“From violence, no court hearing, no coroner’s inquest, no jobs, no opportunities, communities were marginalised, there was discrimination, and now, we have started this transformation of bringing Guyanese together.”

Minister Williams remained steadfast that the Coalition indeed embarked on the process of transformation since coming into governance; in bringing persons and parties together, to be inclusive and cohesive.

“We believe that the Coalition is the way to go. In a country like this, it is important to bring people together,” he urged.

Minister Williams also reminded residents, especially youths in the community, to ensure their names were on the Preliminary List of Electors (PLE) for 2020 Regional and General Elections.

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