“Our performance is remarkable”
DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Guyana has made unprecedented strides in the past five years, with its citizens enjoying a vastly improved quality of life, particularly in the area of housing.
Minister within the Ministry of Communities with responsibility for Housing Hon. Annette Ferguson made this observation today while addressing Pomeroon/Supenaam residents at the Damon Square, Anna Regina.
Speaking to the area of housing, the Minister said that “This government recognised that there is a correlation between the quality of life and quality of Housing.”
She noted that when the government came to office, there over 25,000 active applications for house lots. The Coalition government pumped some $6 Billion into the upgrades of 31 housing schemes across Guyana.
From the $6 billion, over $2.9 billion was spent on the construction and upgrades of roads, while another $2.7 Billion was spent on the provision of electricity.
“Our performance is remarkable,” the Minister underscored. Today persons can receive lots for as low as $60,000.
“Our policy is ensuring we make housing available to all Guyanese,” the Minister stated.
In under five years, the government was able to deliver some 14,000 land titles to Guyanese, a representation of close to 4000 titles per annum.
Only recently, Minister Ferguson distributed close to 600 lots in Regions Five and Six.
The government has also committed to developing another 4000 lots in several regions. The sum of $700Million was allocated to develop lands in Mabaruma, Meter-Meer-Zorg, Annandale, Vigilance, Mon Repos, Foulis, Hope/Experiment, Ordnance, Fortlands, Lethem, Amelia’s Ward, Recht-Door-Zee, Cummings Lodge, Prospect, Providence and Kwakwani.
Minister Ferguson also noted the reintroduction of local government elections in their first 10 months in government. Guyana, she reminded has had two Local Government Elections putting power in the hands of the people.
The Minister also highlighted the reduction in Value Added Tax (VAT) from 16 to 14 percent.