More development on the horizon for Hararuni Village
─ solar farm, ICT hub among development initiatives
─ residents urged to grab hold of opportunities – Min. Allicock
DPI, Guyana, Sunday, August 11, 2019
The community of Hararuni, along the Linden Soesdyke Highway, is destined for great things.
Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Hon. Sydney Allicock met on Sunday with residents of the small community, located about a mile off the Linden Highway. During the meeting, he committed to taking the issues raised to the respective ministries and agencies.
However, several issues were resolved on the spot. Among them is the rehabilitation of the main access road to the community. Much to their satisfaction, the residents were informed that the Ministry of Public Infrastructure will soon commence work on the road, bringing an end to years of an impassable thoroughfare.
Residents also learnt from the E-Governance unit of the Ministry of Public Telecommunications that in less than a month, an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) hub will be established in the community.
Bringing the government’s message to the people, Minister Allicock emphasised the power of education and the need for locals to make the best of opportunities available to them.
Addressing the power shortage to the primary school in the community, Minister Allicock said the current solar system powering the school could be used as a kick-start to the establishment of a solar farm for the community. He said anyone from the community could establish a business with solar lights, especially since the government is championing the use of green energy.
He encouraged residents to use their initiatives to aid in the transformation of their communities. For Hararuni, he urged leaders to develop a Village improvement Plan (VIP) for development that is being utilised by 215 indigenous communities across Guyana.
“The idea of putting the power in the hands of the people is about how together we can develop a plan for economic growth here. We are right here, we have riches, and we don’t know it,” he told villagers, adding that there are many areas that could lend to the creation of jobs.
The minister added that the community would be destined for great success.
“Think about the future of this community, think about what you would like to see Guyana become in years ahead,” he challenged.
Meanwhile, the minister assured residents that development is also on the horizon for the country. He said everyone ought to be vigilant about the future, lest they are left along the wayside.
“I’ve travelled to many countries, but none is as beautiful as Guyana. I love this country. Let’s do our very best to make this country more beautiful,” Minister Allicock stated.