─ Min. Adams-Yearwood donates bicycles to deserving students
DPI, Saturday, September 7, 2019
Minister within the Ministry of Agriculture, with responsibility for Rural Affairs, Hon. Valerie Adams-Yearwood returned to the village of Sandvoort in Berbice, to fulfil a commitment made just over a week ago.
During her initial visit to the community last Thursday, a resident, Lynette Haywood, shone a light on four students who had written the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) and performed well. Haywood sought the minister’s assistance in acquiring bicycles for the students.
On Friday, September 6, Minister Adams-Yearwood returned, “I said I will return, and I will bring those bicycles,” she said.
According to Minister Adams-Yearwood, after the request was made, she wasted no time in trying to source the bikes. She reached out to public-spirited businessman, Peter Lewis, who answered the call.
“I sent him a message, asking if he and any other businessman in New Amsterdam, would be willing to donate 4 bicycles. In no time, I received his response saying he would make the donation.”
In addition to fulfilling her commitment to having the bikes donated to the children, the minister also fulfilled another commitment to have Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA), Fredrick Flatts come out and meet with the residents of Sandvoort and Jabba, to address their drainage and irrigation concerns.
Minister Adams-Yearwood had committed to having an excavator be dispatched to Sandvoort to assist the small farming community. This was done during the week, and the farmers were pleasantly surprised by the swiftness in which their concerns were being handled and took the opportunity to highlight a few other minor challenges.
The NDIA CEO came equipped with his team of engineers and began carrying out assessments to ascertain the possibility of carrying out the various works requested by the residents.
This is but the latest in several commitments made by Minister Adams-Yearwood that have been delivered in a very timely manner.