“Govt is people centered” – Min. Felix tells Long Creek residents
─ residents to address their concerns with the minister during a community meeting
DPI, Guyana, Sunday, August 11, 2019
Minister of Citizenship, Hon. Winston Felix, on Sunday, made it clear that the government has been meeting with people at the grassroots level to listen to concerns and not to campaign for votes. He added that the focus of the government is to have a better understanding of the issues its citizenry is facing so that these can be better addressed. The minister made clear his focus when he met with residents at Long Creek on the Linden/Soesdyke Highway.
The residents were also reminded that government is legitimate as Minister Felix stressed that it will continue to work in the best interest of all Guyanese.
He highlighted a list of improvements undertaken by the government since assuming office in 2015 – placing much emphasis on the many projects by the Ministry of Public Infrastructure. He reminded that the Coalition government does not privatise areas for developmental works to be undertaken.
“Everyone is treated equally,” he emphasised. “When a government comes in office its work is to govern for all the people, not some. And that is what we [government] continue striving to do, hence the reason we are here” Minister Felix said.
Relative to the ongoing House-to-House Registration by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), the minister said that all persons should take the opportunity and get registered. GECOM, via its mobile services, has already registered a number of residents within the community of Long Creek and other surrounding villages.
The meeting also saw residents raising their issues.
Keyce Isaacs explained there is an urgent need for transportation for children to travel to school, especially those attending the primary and nursery levels. “When my husband is not around, I have to walk with my son for about an hour to get to his school and he has asthma. So, I am asking the government to provide transportation for the children.”
Among other issues raised by residents is the need for electricity which will assist students at nights to complete their homework. They also asked for assistance to develop lands to be used as recreational parks.
Minister Felix gave his assurance that the issues raised will be addressed. Further, he revealed that communities along the Linden Highway, which he has jurisdiction over, are destined for significant developments.