Linden receives largest budget allocation – Audwin Rutherford

DPI, Guyana, Monday, December 4, 2017

Region Ten, Upper Demerara/Berbice, representative Audwin Rutherford has disclosed that the identified area has received $280 million more than 2017, which sees a total of $3.4 billion for 2018.

Education Delivery

Rutherford reported that a proposed $133 million will go towards the construction of Nursery and Primary Schools at Bamia which will serve residents of Bamia, Melias Hide Out and Upper Amelia’s Ward. An additional $14.5 million will be spent to purchase a bus to increase the fleet of vehicles.

Another major proposal will see $14.5 million spent on school’s furniture and equipment inclusive of much-needed lathes and science kits.

Health Services

Rutherford told the National Assembly that the transformation of Region 10’s health sector will continue with $64.5 million being budgeted to rehabilitate the Upper Demerara Regional Hospital and provision of Health Centers at the Mabura and Amelia’s Ward.

Further, a river ambulance will be purchased for $19.4 million bringing overdue relief to over 8,000 citizens and $15 million will be spent for other essential supplies inclusive of solar energy systems.

Infrastructure Development

Region 10’s Infrastructure and agricultural development are to be further boosted. Rutherford outlined that a combined sum of $68.5 million has been allocated for upgrades to Stanley Road, Wismar Hill Primary School Road and the Teacher’s Compound Main Access Road.

These initiatives will benefit some 5,000 residents directly and over 10,000 indirectly.

Further, Rutherford said agricultural development is overdue in Region 10 especially in Sub Region 2, as such, it is proposed that $15 million will be used to construct additional farm-to-market roads in West Watooka and provide revetments, erosion control structures and desilting of creeks in Mackenzie.

 

By: Gabreila Patram

 

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