Guyana on a trajectory of development

– several promises delivered to Coomack residents

DPI, Guyana, Saturday, November 9, 2019

Residents of the communities of Region 10, including Coomacka, Old England-Siberia and Three Friend-Maria Elizabeth, were reminded that Guyana has been placed on a positive trajectory of economic growth and development, which is evident in their communities.

This is evident in the rehabilitated roads, the correction of erosion and environmental issues and the regularisation of land, amongst other developmental projects that they have benefited.

Engaging the Region 10 residents during a meeting at the Coomacka Community Centre on Friday, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Dr. Karen Cummings, urged them to stay on the path of sustainable, transformative development, with the Coalition Government, as it is committed to improving the lives of all Guyanese.

“Within four and a half years, the APNU-AFC Government has placed Guyana on a positive trajectory and is steering the country forward as a stable and growing economy… You will decide if you want to return to a time of developmental stagnation, or if you wish to see your communities and lives transform for the better, under the astute and positive leadership of His Excellency, President David Granger,” she urged.

This leadership, she described as exemplary, people-centred and transparent.

“Our leadership is exemplary, our policies are people-centered and based on empirical research, our road map for prosperity and development is one that will ensure every Guyanese citizen have access to all public services that deliver tangible solutions.”

While it is evident in the communities that the government has placed interest and development as a priority, Minister Cummings said that there was still need to come and listen to further concerns and to bring solutions, as all of these could not have been solved in four years.

The minister also encouraged the residents to remain vigilant as oil production looms. The rewards, she assured them, will be shared by all for generations to come.

“It is imperative that astute political leadership, firmly rooted in integrity, the rule of law, good governance and accountability prevails. The transformative development that has commenced across Guyana, since the APNU+AFC Government took office in 2015, is phenomenal and will be significantly accelerated when the nation benefits from the lucrative rewards of oil and gas resources.”

This message was positively embraced by the residents, especially after Minister Cummings, who described her visit as a solutions-based one, presented both Coomacka Nursery and Primary Schools with water dispensers and sealed water bottles and street lights to the Community Development Council (CDC), with the promise of providing more.

Before the meeting, Minister Cummings revealed that in her consultations with the residents, she was told of the issues facing the two schools and the need for streetlights in the community.

The minister also participated in a walk-about where she got a firsthand view of some of the immediate need to be addressed. In Maria Elizabeth, after being told that residents working on constructing an Information Communication Technology (ICT) hub needed additional ply boards, she immediately provided finance to purchase.

Minister Cummings also engaged other residents who spoke of the need for the desilting of a spring, which is their only source of water for domestic purposes. After discussing the matter with the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) Region 10 Engineer, it was decided that the agency will address that urgently as well as backfill the Maria Elizabeth ball field, as was requested by the residents.

There were also calls for repairs to the stairs on the Coomacka Primary School, a better transportation system to be implemented so more students can benefit from the Public Education Transportation System (PETS), assistance in constructing a hot meal kitchen for the Coomacka Nursery School and for more representation to be made at the regional level.

Supporting Minister Cummings at the meeting was Regional Chairman, Renis Morian and Member of Parliament (MP), Hon. Jermaine Figueira along with other regional officials. In their addresses, they highlighted the many projects that are being undertaken at the regional level.