Pres. Granger appeals to Reg. 5 residents to win region at RDC level
DPI, Guyana, Thursday, January 9, 2020
His Excellency David Granger has appealed to Region 5 (Mahaica-Berbice) residents to use the March 2, 2020 General and Regional Elections to win the region at the level of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC).
The president was speaking at the APNU+AFC Coalition rally held at the Hopetown Community Centre on Wednesday evening, where he was well received by the residents when he arrived with his wife, First Lady, H.E Sandra Granger and Minister of Public Security, Hon. Khemraj Ramjattan.
Region 5 is twice the size of Mauritius, one of the most prosperous countries in the Indian Ocean, and according to the president, with the right leadership, the agriculture region can go places.
“We have a political problem in this region, and the political problem is the PPP/C and we have to solve this problem at March 2,” the president told the thousands of residents at the rally.
He added that “you have 4,000 people here, if all of you go out and vote we win this region… we can’t lose this region again.”
While calling out the opposition-controlled RDC for stymieing the development of the region, the president assured that once re-elected, the Coalition Government will continue to invest in the region and make it an agriculture powerhouse.
“Region 5 is the food basket of the nation; we developed the MMA (Mahaica/Mahaicony/Abary) scheme, and we made the region one of the most productive agricultural zones in the entire nation. Region 5 is on the move, and you are going forward and growing faster than any other region under the APNU+AFC Coalition… you have the best drainage system in the country, that is why we have to get back in the government and finish the work we started.”
Further, the Head of State noted: “We are going to grow this region like never before, you have the land space, 200,000 hectares, you have the productive capability to generate energy. You have real education at Bygeval Secondary School, and we are going to make that an A-Grade school, so you don’t have to go to Georgetown to attend a top school.”
Currently, Region 5 is producing 40% of the rice in the country and 20 % of the sugar.
On the issue of sugar, the president noted that the administration has been reforming the sugar industry and that it was the former administration that killed the sugar industry. He promised that sugar will be kept alive in the Mahaica-Berbice Region.
“We never put a finger on Blairmont…it’s not we but that Skeldon Factory; when the other people come ask them who built the Skeldon Factory and waste all the money. We kept the West Berbice sugar Industry intact, and we will keep sugar going in this region. That’s a promise!”
President Granger urged the people to beware of those who may seek to mislead them.
“Let us listen to them, and let us use reason to triumph over ignorance. Let us use good to triumph over evil and let us use progress to triumph over backwardness… We are together, we have put an end to winner takes all politics, never again must one party feel it can speak for the whole nation.”