“We are not afraid of elections” – Min. Felix

─ govt adhering to SDGs for betterment of all

DPI, Guyana, Thursday, March 21, 2019

“We are not afraid of elections. We came by elections, and we are going into elections!”

This emphatic declaration was made by Citizenship Minister Winston Felix to a gathering at a Ministerial Outreach on March 20 at the St. Barnabus School in Bourda Georgetown.

Prior to the meeting, Minister Felix conducted a walkabout and visited several business outlets in the Bourda where he met and interacted with proprietors and customers alike.

During his engagement with residents of the area, Minister Felix discussed the need for a sanitised voters’ list before heading into elections. He explained the necessity of house-to-house registration noting that some young people are now eligible to vote, also persons who would have changed their residence and the removal of dead persons off the list.

The minister also re-emphasised the numerous measures the Coalition Government has implemented to ensure the continued development of the country and betterment of the lives of all Guyanese. Among the accomplishments mentioned were; the allowance of persons to benefit from affordable homes which relate directly to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11; this goal speaks to making cities safe and sustainable and ensuring access to safe and affordable housing and upgrading slum settlements.

Also, the government’s ability to provide scholarships for better and higher learning (SDG 4 for Quality Education), the building of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) hubs in several communities to allow for access to the internet and the building and upgrade of many roadways (SDG 9 for Innovation).

Minister Felix pointed out that several communities across the 10 administrative regions now boast new roads under this administration. He also drew attention to the reduction in the crime statistics (SDG 16 for peace and justice); a situation which was the total opposite under the previous administration where gun violence and drug crimes were rife.

“Our first term is a positive one, and we deserve a second term to continue the work we have begun,” he said.

Story and Images: Kipenie Jordan.

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