Strong, consistent leadership, political will necessary

– Min. Sukhai tells Region Eight’s new RDC

Minister of Amerindian Affairs, Hon. Pauline Sukhai has charged the newly elected councillors of the Potaro-Siparuni (Region Eight) Regional Democratic Council (RDC) to devote their energies to enhancing the lives of their constituents.

Minister Sukhai, who is the Government’s parliamentary representative for the Region, delivered her charge during the swearing-in ceremony on Friday in Mahdia.

“What you have to do as council members is to ensure that you provide the level of strong leadership, consistent leadership and the political will to serve the people,” the Minister said in her address.

She noted that the Region’s success hinges on the unity of the RDC and its ability to collaborate.  As such, she vowed to support the Region as it seeks to achieve its goals in the provision of Government services.

“I am available and willing to provide the level of support, guidance and representation alongside you, in collaboration with the Minister and Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development,” she said.

While admitting the RDC has much work to do to resuscitate the Region, Minister Sukhai said the councillors must embrace their responsibilities as challenges in the infrastructure, education, forestry, agriculture and mining need action. 

Further, she reminded the RDC that they should put politics aside and remain focused on the people they serve.

Minister of Local Government and Regional Development, Hon. Nigel Dharamlall also attended the ceremony. He noted that there is need for effective leadership within the Region.

“Your leadership in this Region will be critical in ensuring that the services that are desired by our people and the services that ought to be provided to our people, by the Government, that those services meet our people expeditiously,” he said.

Additionally, Minister Dharamlall pledged his Ministry’s support to the RDC as a partner in the governance of Potaro-Siparuni.

Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Mr. Lenox Shuman also attended the ceremony.  He commended the successful swearing-in of the RDC councillors as testament to how a democracy should operate.

The Deputy Speaker also urged the RDC to seek common ground now that the divisive elections are over, and to make the people the top priority.

“When we struggle for partisan political interest, it tears the country apart. It sets the country back and it destroys relationships. What I am hopeful will come in this newly sworn-in democratic council is a unified bond- a unified force to do the work in the people’s interest,” Mr. Shuman said. The 15-member RDC elected Mr. Headley Pio to serve as chairman, and Ms. Claris Francisco as vice-chair.

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