A few weeks ago a letter from me appeared in both the Stabroek News and Kaieteur News in which I commented on the good quality of rip-rap sea defence work executed at Johanna section Aurora Village coast by Mr Samaroo. In that letter I also stated that while the residents were grateful for the hundred and fifty metres of wall that was done, similar sea defence work of about the same length is needed so that the overtopping and seeping that is causing some degree of flooding can come to an end.
I am not looking for praise and accolades, but as a Regional Councillor, I use every opportunity available to me to articulate the views and concerns of the affected residents, including a visit by the regional Vice-Chairman Mr Vishnu Samaroo, who had discussions with the people of the community. Today we are happy to say that some additional work was done and the area is now secure from the forces of nature (high tide).
There was some other sea defence work done in the Warusi area in Aurora, also by the contractor BK International which is of a high quality too; the talk of the people in the village now is no longer about flooding but which contractor did the better work.
I think the numbers for and against are equal, and that is a plus for both contractors.
As for the Regional Sea Defence Engineer, Mr Saheed Mohamed, a special thanks to him for making strong representation on behalf of the residents, even before the project started, and for being at the worksite early in the morning and late in the evening most days. We need like-minded engineers, not only in the Sea Defence Department and in Region Two, but in other areas and regions.
Archie W Cordis