The People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has issued a call to the opposition urging “genuine and tangible support to the developmental goals of the government.”
In a press release issued at a press conference on Tuesday, the PPP/C called on the opposition “to commit itself to all aspects of our nation’s development and to put our country first so that the wellbeing of all Guyanese can continue to be safeguarded. We urge the Opposition to mobilise its members and supporters to support the various initiatives the Government is undertaking to continuously carve a better and brighter Guyana.”
It said that some of these initiatives included the anti-littering “Pick It Up” campaign and the Stray Catchers programme which had a positive impact on the aesthetic of the surroundings, a healthier environment and safer roadways.
It also encouraged support for the campaign to protect the mangroves which help to mitigate the harsh consequences of climate change.
It also urged the opposition to support the government’s security initiatives which included fighting crime and drug trafficking; the efforts to prevent smuggling and contraband across our borders; the efforts to combat human trafficking; the fight against lawlessness in an effort to maintain peace and good order; the prevention of squatting and the destruction of government reserves and public property.
The PPP/C said that the Firearms (Amendment) Bill, the SWAT Unit and the Anti-money Launder-ing and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Bill were some of the more recent measures government had moved to implement to combat crime and to aid in national security.
It said that “All Guyanese would be better served if these efforts are supported and not be used for divisive purposes. Given the current challenges faced, the need for all to give support, including the Opposition and its supporters, is crucial.”
It reiterated that “the welfare and wellbeing of our people remain the PPP/C administration’s developmental thrust. It is therefore of utmost importance that the Opposition ensures that its members and supporters support the government’s …protection action plan.”
It said that a lack of support on this issue had the potential to create a negative influence for investors. It said that the government had worked tirelessly to create an enabling environment so that investors can continue to enjoy stability which is critical to their investments.
The PPP/C encouraged the opposition to mobilize its support behind the government’s programme and policies, saying that “the interest of the Guyanese would be better served if the opposition were to re-direct their energies towards the national goals and continued prosperity of our people instead of the negative stance they have taken on budget cuts, key development projects and security.”