“Mahdia is transforming” – Mayor
─ allocation of land to commence soon
─ $35M allotted to develop playfield in Mahdia, Region 8
DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, July 31, 2019
In a recent interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI), Mayor of Mahdia, Region 8, His Worship, fee David Adams stated that the township is on the road to positive development.
Mayor Adams said one of the major achievements for the town is the proper disposal of solid waste. “The Ministry of Communities donated a brand-new tractor and we have been able to utilise it effectively. We also conducted several discussions with the general public on a fee for solid waste collection. So, we have the solid waste disposal of the township under control.”
He added that another concern is being addressed is the allocation of house lots for the residents. According to the mayor, many of the lands in Mahdai are owned by persons in the gold mining business, however, a plot of land was located for house lot distribution.
“There is an area outside the airstrip that was identified for housing development; the council met and held a selection process. Some persons will be issued with house lots and this process will continue throughout the rest of the year. There is not enough land space because we have hundreds of applications. However, we have approached the Lands and Survey Commission to assist in providing more land,” he explained.
On matters youth-related, the mayor disclosed that the Department of Social Cohesion, Culture, Youth and Sport is developing a playfield for the youths in the community. Adams said more than $30M has been allocated for the execution for the project.
He added, “we have signed onto HEYS [Hinterland Employment Youth Service] and a community-enhancing programme. Through these initiatives we are working with several young people, teaching them various skills, such as arts and craft, home repairs, among other entrepreneurial and life development skills.”
The township of Mahdia has benefitted from a massive $827M upgrade to its internal road network. Eighty percent of the roads in town were upgraded from laterite to concrete structures, several bridges were rehabilitated, a reinforced concrete rigid pavement with curbs, a network of reinforced concrete drains and culverts, complemented by road safety elements inclusive of road markings and signage were installed.
In 2017, Radio Mahdia 95.1 FM was commissioned. $21M was spent in establishing the station which brings news, current affairs, cultural programmes, education, and entertainment to the hinterland community.
Mahdia was officially declared a town in 2018, by H.E. President David Granger; it joins the other new townships of Mabaruma in Region 1, Bartica in Region 7 and Lethem in Region 9, taking the total number of towns in Guyana to 10.