Ithaca is not forgotten – Ministers Holder and Scott address residents’ concerns
─ Min. Holder praised for frequent visit since assuming office
─ residents eager to speak their concerns
DPI, Guyana, Thursday, April 25, 2019
Residents of Ithaca took the opportunity of a community meeting with Minister of Agriculture, Noel Holder following the government initiative of ‘Bringing the Government to you’ to air their grievances with the minister.
Subsequent to the government’s outreach at the Region 5 Regional Democratic Council (RDC) compound, the Minister of Agriculture visited the small farming community of Ithaca. While there, the minister took the opportunity to walk around the neighbourhood to meet with some of the residents.
Following the walkabout, Minister Holder joined by Minister within the Ministry of Social Protection, with responsibility for Labour, Keith Scott, where they held a small community meeting at the Ithaca Primary School.
It was during this meeting that members of the community took time to inform the minister about the various issues around the village. Most notable amongst the matters raised was that of residents receiving proper drinking water throughout the village.
One resident highlighted that they had been making reports to Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) but with little to no avail. Minister Holder gave assurance that he would raise these matters with the respective subject minister to have them promptly addressed.
Meanwhile, concerns were raised regarding drainage in the community. Residents claimed that while they had the necessary machinery to carry out the digging of drains, those machines were reallocated due to emergency works being carried out in another catchment.
Director of Agriculture Sector Development Unit (ASDU), George Jervis took this opportunity to ensure that the necessary machinery will be relocated to the community to properly dig the drainage and irrigation canals in time for the wet season.
From left to Right, Director of ASDU, George Jervis, Minister of Agriculture Noel HolderHe also pointed out that while he understands that the machine left behind was not adequate to get the job done, it was only left following consultations with residents who wanted to try using it as opposed to waiting for the necessary machinery to return.
Story and image: Nikosi Bruce