Hundreds of house lots to be available at Meten-Meer-Zorg

─ residents welcome initiative  

DPI, Guyana, Sunday, April 28, 2019

Hundreds of house lots will soon be available to the residents of the Essequibo Islands-West Demerara Region. Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan made this disclosure while engaging residents of Wales and surrounding communities at a community meeting. The Communities Minister was accompanied by Minister Simona Broomes, who was recently assigned the responsibility for Youth Affairs, under the purview of the Ministry of the Presidency.

The announcement followed several questions on the matter of house allocation by residents. Many residents said that they have applied for house lots for over 10 years but have not gotten any response to date.

Minister Bulkan disclosed that 200 acres of land would be developed within the next year for such purposes at Meten-Meer-Zorg. However, he reminded that when the government took office in 2015, there were thousands of backlog applications. This, he said, placed a strain on the government knowing the situation many persons are enduring.

The minister also pointed out that the previous administration had pumped billions into housing schemes that were poorly constructed since they lacked necessary infrastructures such as lights, water and roads.

The government, he said, had to further develop those schemes which cost millions which delayed this administration’s plans to create new housing schemes or develop lands.

In her remarks, Minister Broomes told the residents that the government is a responsible, caring one that will deliver on their promises. She reminded them that the current administration is fixing the mess left the previous administration. The minister then alluded to the development of Prado Ville by the previous administration for their own purposes while creating mediocre housing schemes for the people.

It was also pointed out by Minister Broomes that it was the Coalition Government that had made it possible for persons from the age of 18 to apply for and acquire a house lot.

She assured the residents that the administration will deliver on their promises once more, as they have already proven in just four years.

Residents who were at the meeting welcomed the initiative.

Twenty-year-old Tanya Hooper, of Sisters Village, said: “Definitely a lot of young persons will benefit from the development of the Meten-Meer-Zorg community.”

Goed Intent resident Leeland Dunbar also shared similar sentiments. “If Minister Bulkan said so, it means that we are getting the information we really cannot turn our backs on… it is information that he is certain will materialise” Dunbar stated.

Isaiah Braithwaite.

Images: Kawise Wishart.


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