Mahaicony residents ask for re-opening of regional sub-office

─ to enable faster development

DPI, Guyana, Sunday, August 18, 2019

Residents of Mahaicony in Region 5 have called for the re-opening of the sub-office of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) in the district. They believe this move will allow for speedy developments in the locality.

The farming communities of Cottage and Perseverance brought several issues to Minister of Citizenship, Hon. Winston Felix today, among them, the need for a regional sub-office to be central in the community.

Minister Felix met with the residents at the Cottage Nursery School, as part of region-wide community meetings being conducted by several ministers of the government.

The residents relayed that while development has been taking place in Mahaicony, the existence of a sub-office will guarantee works being completed at a much faster rate.

“We are not running our budget; we are answerable to the region because the REO is the chief. If there is a sub-office here, things that have to be done will be right in front of their eyes” a resident said at the meeting.

Minister Felix explained that the newly reconstituted Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) must firstly ensure that all of its issues are brought to the attention of the RDC through the Regional Executive Officer (REO). He stressed too that the NDC must become more involved in developmental works.

This was echoed earlier when residents raised issues of drainage and irrigation, as well as the condition of some central dams that are under the purview of the NDC.

Minister Felix also learnt of several breakages in the sea defence at Cottage, an issue that is causing continuous flooding in the various communities. The minister told residents that much of the issues could be addressed from the community level if residents, through the NDC, make proposals, also at the level of the central government.

“In this community, there are qualified people to assist you, support you in development projects. Put the projects together to prevent flooding which you have to be concerned about,” he told the residents.

Before the meeting, Minister Felix engaged residents during a community walkabout.

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