More lights for Essequibo

─ Approximately $12M in lights to be installed from Johanna Cecelia to Cullen

─ Queenstown to get 35 street lights

By Shaquille Bourne

DPI, Guyana, Friday, May 31, 2019

In an effort to enhance the living standard of Essequibians, the Ministry of Public Infrastructure is undertaking a massive campaign on the Essequibo highway from Charity to Supenaam.

This was announced by Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson at a recently concluded community engagement in Queenstown, Region 2.

Minister Patterson told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that the tender for the contract to install lights from Maria’s Lodge to Cullen is in its evaluation phase and is estimated to cost approximately $12M. The exercise will result in 110 lamps being fitted in place in the aforementioned areas. The lighting project aims to fill the gaps along the carriageway, where there may have been inadequate lights.

The minister was firm in his ministry’s commitment to the timely provision of lights to region.

“We will ensure that at nights the entire [Region] from Supenaam, all the way to Charity is well lit and that will be done this year ,2019,” Minister Patterson assured.

Likewise, the village of Queenstown will be greatly enhanced shortly when the ministry installs 35 lights.  Minister Patterson made the announcement and pledged, that works will be completed by August.

The news of these developments energised residents at the community engagement.

Brian Christiani voiced his appreciation. In an invited comment he noted, “many parts of the village very very dark in the evenings and so this will definitely be a boost to the security in Queenstown”. Another resident, Crumwell Mentis added, “I feel very happy and I am certain that all the people within the community will be very excited about that.”

These announcements came amidst the Coalition Government’s ministerial outreach to Region 2 on Wednesday. These outreaches provide the opportunity for the people to interact with ministers and heads of various agencies. The outreaches are also part of the Government’s mandate of bringing its services to the people.

Images: Karime Peters