“We have done a fairly good job so far”- Minister Hughes

DPI, GUYANA, Friday, August 11, 2017

Minister of Public Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes reflecting on the two years of the APNU+AFC Administration said, that despite the many challenges the government has made significant progress since its ascension to power.

Minister of Public Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes.

Minister Hughes in an interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI) noted that the last two years have been challenging, describing that “it has felt like a 100-meter dash.” She explained that upon taking office they(government) inherited a number of challenges that should have been dealt with by the previous administration.

Hughes explained that when Ministers were appointed to their respective Ministries, they all found that the necessary infrastructure and policies were not in place, hence it required additional work for the government. “That has made the work a lot more difficult”, Minister Hughes explained.

“We had challenges in sugar that really should have been tackled fifteen, ten years ago, so of course today we are having to deal with that”, Minister Hughes said.

Minister Hughes told the DPI that despite the many challenges the current administration is “fitted with a team of well qualified persons of integrity, we are up for the challenge and despite the propaganda that is constantly hurled at us I think we have done a fairly good job, over (the last two years).”

Minister Hughes noted, for example in her Ministry there have been a number of accomplishments. These include:

  • 95 Secondary Schools have been connected to the eGovernment Network
  • 37 (other institutions) have been connected to the same network. These include Regional Offices, the School of Agriculture, the Teachers Training College among others
  • 53 government Ministries have been connected to the eGovernment Network
  • 49 Information Communications Technology (ICT) Hubs
  • 8,944 laptops have been distributed to teachers so far

 

 

By: Gabriela Patram

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