Guyana Forestry Commission to construct new office in 2018-to improve working conditions

DPI, GUYANA, Friday, August 11, 2017

Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources, Simona Broomes said she is impressed with the improvements in the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) work environment.

Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources, Simona Broomes and Commissioner of the GFC James Singh.

The Minister visited the GFC headquarters in Kingston, Georgetown as a follow-up to an inspection visit she made last year. “I’m very pleased from the first time I visited…I’ve seen vast improvements in the conditions,” Minister Broomes told the Department of Public Information (DPI).

GFC’s Commissioner James Singh told Minister Broomes the agency is aiming to begin construction of a new office in 2018. “We recognise that workers are our greatest assets and we always tell the workers that and we try to improve working conditions as best as we can,” he said.

Minister Broomes was also impressed with the GFC’s active occupational health and safety committee. The agency also indicated that it is making preparations to facilitate training for its staff to help improve its customer relations interaction.

The Minister pointed out that these steps are all part of changing the work environment culture. “I strongly believe that once we start to change that culture the whole ambiance, the environment in which people work will definitely change…when that happens workers of themselves will understand how to treat with the general public,” she said.

The Minister also conducted a similar inspection at the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission.

 

By: Tiffny Rhodius

Minister Broomes meeting with staff of the GFC.

 

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