President calls on Toshaos Council to plan, cooperate and collaborate to develop communities

DPI, Guyana, Monday, July 16, 2018

President David Granger today called on the National Toshaos Council (NTC) to encourage the establishment of Village Improvement Plans to promote access to the available public services.

H.E President David Granger addressing the 12th National Toshaos Council.

The President, who was delivering the feature address, at the 12th annual Toshaos conference reminded that the NTC is not a political party, rather an arm of the state which serves the interest of the people in the Hinterland.

The Head of State said the conference provides the ideal opportunity for Indigenous Leaders to develop long-term plans that will enable these communities to adapt to modern changes.

This, the President said, is especially important given the geographic challenges that the hinterland poses to the delivery of these services.

The thrust of the administration of narrowing the inequality gap between the coastland and hinterland was restated.

President Granger re-emphasised his administration’s commitment to the advancement of education in the hinterland, making reference to the delivery of 27 school buses, over a dozen boats and hundreds of bicycles in these communities to ensure every child attends school.

The government’s vision entails Indigenous Communities that are solar powered, healthy and free from vector borne and other diseases and where each citizen has access to quality education and public services.

Planning, cooperation and collaboration, the president reiterated, is key to the improvement of Indigenous Communities.

By: Stacy Carmichael.

Images: Keno George.