Toka gets ICT hub

As part of the government’s plans to promote connectivity across the country, a number of Information Communication Technology (ICT) hubs have already been constructed under the Office of the Prime Minister’s Project Management Unit.

The completed ICT hub in the village

Toka, an Amerindian village in Region Nine (Upper Takutu/Upper Essequibo) is one such community to benefit from this project.

Deputy Toshao, Delano Davis in an interview with DPI, said the ICT hub in the village is now completed.

He said the village received $5 million COVID-19 relief cash grant. Of that sum, $1 million was expended towards rehabilitation and furnishing of a building for the initiative.

Entrance to Toka village, Region Nine

“We already had a building, so we painted over the building, we tiled it over, put in lights and so, and we have the furniture for the computers. At the moment as we talk, the equipment are now coming into the center. The government is now starting to furnish it with the computers and the solar power,” Davis related.

Meanwhile, he outlined a number of projects that are currently being undertaken in the village.

He said the village will be expanding its tourism sector to improve the village economy.

“One of our main projects is that we are embarking on tourism, we are going into tourism but at the moment we (are) fixing the sites, furnishing buildings with beds and lights and solar systems and those kinds of things,” he said.

Toka Deputy Toshao, Delano Davis

He added that the community is also heading into developing its agriculture sector, by adding aquaculture to their farming practices.

Other projects approved for the village include cattle rearing, the construction of a bakery and a multi-purpose building.