Indigenous leaders urged to be attentive, ensure migrants are settled legally

─ “We want to make ensure that any settlement is done in an orderly and legitimate manner” – President Granger

─ attentiveness is needed to ensure migrants entering Guyana do not pose any health or security risks

DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Rupununi village leaders are being urged to be attentive and ensure Venezuelan migrants entering Guyana are legally settled.

President David Granger.

During a recent visit over the weekend, President David Granger reminded that thousands of Venezuelans are fleeing to other countries to escape the economic turmoil in their own nation. The Head of State added that there is a possibility for spill over into Guyana from the border shared with Brazil and urged Indigenous leaders to be vigilant.

“We want to make ensure that any settlement is done in an orderly and legitimate manner,” the president said.

He was at the time delivering an address to citizens gathered in Shulinab, Region Nine to celebrate Heritage Day.

A number of Venezuelans have already been settled in Regions One and Seven. The president said attentiveness is needed to ensure migrants entering Guyana do not pose any health or security risks.

A multi-agency task force has been established to ensure the legal settlement of Venezuelan migrants in Guyana. The Guyana Civil Defence Commission (CDC) has also been providing food and other relief supplies to assist them.

By: Tiffny Rhodius.

Image: Keno George.

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