Added river defence planned for Fort Island

– Works Ministry

The Ministry of Public Works plans to build an additional river defence for Fort Island to preserve historical landmark Fort Zeelandia, which is located 16 kilometers from the mouth of the Essequibo River.

Minister Robeson Benn and other staffers of the Ministry of Public Works on Wednesday during a visit to Fort Island, where they held the ministry’s monthly managers meeting. (Ministry of Public Works photo)
Minister Robeson Benn and other staffers of the Ministry of Public Works on Wednesday during a visit to Fort Island, where they held the ministry’s monthly managers meeting. (Ministry of Public Works photo)

“We are in the process of mobilising the materials and manpower,” Kevin Samad, Chief River and Sea Defence Officer was quoted as saying in a ministry statement, while noting that Minister of Public Works Robeson Benn has instructed that the work begin in one month’s time.

In addition to that, other vulnerable areas that require intervention on the island will be corrected, it said.

The announcement followed a visit by Benn to the island on Wednesday for the ministry’s monthly managers meeting, which was held in the historic Court of Policy (circa 1752) building.

According to the ministry statement, Benn opined that educational tours should recommence on the island.

“Fort Island is rich in history. Students from all levels of the school system should be able to walk through history, something that they could never experience in the classroom,” he was quoted as saying.


It added that Benn intends to continue discussions with the Minister of Culture Dr. Frank Anthony on how to proceed with ideas for regeneration of activities on the island.

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