‘Send us your proposals, we’ll put it into action’ – Min. Sarabo-Halley tells Karia Karia residents
DPI, Guyana, Monday, November 18, 2019
With the proceeds from oil and gas scheduled to arrive shortly, Minister of Public Service, Hon. Tabitha Sarabo-Halley implored residents of Karia Karia to submit their proposals to government so that implementation can begin in 2020.
“Think outside of the box. More resources that will be made available to each village, each community, each Region,” Minister Sarabo-Halley stated.
The Public Service Minister told the residents of the 280-membered community to craft a plan of the direction they would like Karia Karia to go as development continues under the Coalition Government.
Known mainly for logging, the minister encouraged the residents to branch out to other sectors to increase employment and to sustainably provide for their households. Karia Karia has unused land. With this in mind, the residents were sensitised on the viability of agriculture and the excellent opportunities it presents.
Concerning the proposals that the residents agreed on submitting to government, Minister Sarabo-Halley championed the ideas coming from people at the grassroots level, noting that these are the people most connected and directly affected by community development projects.
“Instead of all the ideas coming from the top-down, it is better if you can approach us with infrastructure ideas and social ideas. You have a lot of young people in the community. Everybody may not be academically inclined. What are their interests? What programmes should be implemented in Karia Karia to ensure that the skills of young people properly utilised?”
Karia Karia is located an approximate 40-minute boat ride away from Parika and forms part of Region 3. The Public Service Minister was accompanied by Minister of Public Security Hon. Khemraj Ramjattan who met with residents of the community on Sunday, November 17.