Linden’s stalled development politically-engineered – Granger

The government’s apparent reluctance to boost development in Region 10 is politically-motivated, according to APNU leader David Granger, who says there is need for a new development plan for the region.

At a coalition press conference last Friday, Granger charged that the collapse of physical infrastructure, school systems and the spread of poverty throughout the region is a political manoeuvre by the PPP/C administration because it did not enjoy political support from residents in the region. He noted that it was the same for other regions affiliated with other political parties.

He stated that there was an apparent erosion of the education sector, with the large number of dropouts in schools, failures at exams and the deterioration of infrastructure. “Some schools still lack running water; classrooms are without lights… some are physically unsafe or insanitary and repairs to others are incomplete,” he said.

Employment availability is also meagre in the region even though companies like RUSAL and BOSAI had provided relief, he said, while adding that the government has failed to fulfil its promises of new investments and the materialisation of the proposed school of mining.  He proposed that a river ambulance should be provided to the region to deliver riverine services to areas such as Calcuni, Kimbia, Wiruni and Sand Hills because the region is essentially a riverine one. He also stated that the collapse of some roads was causing residents to pay higher minibus fares and spend longer periods commuting.

Granger added that the PPP/C administration had promised to implement a five-year plan which would reduce the region’s dependency on mining; the plan had targeted the agriculture, infrastructure, and manufacturing, transport and tourism sectors. However, he said, the plan was never fully implemented. “The Partnership laments, also, that the PPP/C administration has still not implemented the essential elements of the 21st August 2012 agreement between the Central Government and the Regional Administration 17 months after signing it,” he stated, referring to the deal brokered to end the unrest in the town sparked by a plan to increase electricity tariffs and the killing of three men during a related protest.

In light of the situation, Granger said that there was need for a new plan to resume the development of the region.

APNU MP Renis Morian also said that the government had given an investor that was interested in reconstructing the region’s airstrip a “royal runabout,” causing a pullout on the investor’s end.

Latest in Local News

default placeholder

Proposed law bans smoking in public places

Proposed tobacco control legislation will see a ban on smoking in public places while cigarette advertising will no longer be allowed and pictorial and text health warnings will have to be displayed on at least 75% of the packaging on tobacco products.

default placeholder

$800M in specialty hospital steel ‘awarded’ to BK

Government needs to explain why about $800 million worth of steel and other equipment that were earmarked for the now-frozen specialty hospital project, went solely to businessman Brian Tiwarie, former President Donald Ramotar says.

Ezekiel Murray

Truck driver jailed for three years for crash causing child’s death

Clyde Barker, the truck driver who was accused of running over 12-year-old Ezekiel Murray along the Friendship Public Road last year and causing his death, was yesterday sentenced to 3 years imprisonment.

default placeholder

Businessman jailed and fined over gun, ammo possession

A businessman was yesterday sentenced to two years imprisonment and fined $100,000 after being found guilty of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

default placeholder

Business minister ‘in denial’ over economic ‘crisis’

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo yesterday said that Minister of Business Dominic Gaskin is in denial about Guyana not being in an economic crisis.

Kevin Joshua

Man found guilty of disfiguring teen in acid attack

Kevin Joshua, who doused a schoolboy with acid and left him disfigured, was on Tuesday found guilty by a jury of inflicting grievous bodily harm on the youth.

default placeholder

Conflicting evidence by police sees man freed of gun, ammo charge

Accused earlier this year of having in his possession a .32 firearm and matching rounds Mark Calvan was yesterday found not guilty.

default placeholder

Judge unable to hand down sentences due to probation report delays

The absence of probation reports prevented Justice Brassington Reynolds from handing down sentences in two cases at the Berbice Assizes on Tuesday.

Comments

About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Stay updated! Follow Stabroek News on Facebook or Twitter.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning: