Min Bulkan to seek regional support

— to address issue community issues in Charity

— residents accuse opposition-controlled NDC of mismanagement

DPI, Guyana, Sunday, November 17, 2019

At a community engagement on Saturday, residents of Region 2 raised concerns about the mismanagement of resources by the opposition-controlled Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) in Charity, Essequibo.

Listening to their concerns was Minister of Communities, Hon. Ronald Bulkan who chaired the meeting.

He reminded that the Coalition Government returned local democracy with the hosting of the constitutional Local Government Elections (LGE) and advised that the power to choose their local representatives was placed in their hands. In this regard, he advised that they choose wisely.

The previous administration withheld this function from citizens, he reminded, and it was His Excellency, President Granger that picketed for the returned of local governance and kept his word when he got into office.

“Citizens decide who will occupy these offices and these are public offices; they are not handpicked,” Minister Bulkan stated.

He opined that the Charity NDC is turning a blind eye to issues affecting the residents in an attempt to make the government look bad.

However, the Coalition Government “is not going to turn a blind eye to issues. I will now seek a greater level of support from the region.”

Additionally, he stressed that there is a need for more public awareness and involvement as it relates to how the democratic system in Guyana works.

He also reminded the residents that it is the Coalition Government’s vision to transform Guyana, and this transformation begun since the administration took office in 2015. As such, he urged that residents reflect on what has been accomplished in just four years under the Granger-led administration and to consider what lies ahead if this positive transformation is to continue. Here again, he reminded that the power is in the hands of the people, and that their decision on March 2, 2020, must be a wise one.

Giving the reassurance of the Coalition, the minister posited that His Excellency, President David Granger, along with his colleague ministers, has worked towards providing Guyanese with a better life, since 2015, and will continue to do so.

National unity, he reasoned, will play a critical role in the growth and development of Guyana and its people, especially with oil and gas set for production with a few months.

“A Coalition Government is the best choice to run the country since it is made up of six parties. We believe what Guyana needs is coalition politics,” Minister Bulkan emphasised.

The meeting held with residents is part of government’s effort to engage the populace at the grassroots level, to hear their concerns, with the aim of finding the best long-term solutions. The govenment has been meeting the people throughout the year to better serve their needs.

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