Now that the water has receded I really support the call for the usual Sunday night lime to return to the Georgetown sea walls. Those in authority need to rethink their decision of removing the ‘lime’ for whatever reason. In a country like ours where finding proper work is a challenge and where unemployment and under-employment is rampant, whenever citizens create jobs even though the jobs maybe against the law or the bylaws of our country, then it is the government’s duty to study, analyse and if possible regularize these things. The reason is that citizens’ existence is hinged on these sources of employment. Persons on many occasions use these same jobs to finance schooling, pay loans, etc, and when no consideration is given to these key factors and the authorities decide to move they normally pull the ground from under their feet, leaving them to think that we have an uncaring government. Street vending is prevalent all over the globe and we in Guyana need to embrace what we have and stop trying to pattern ourselves after other countries. The things that would generate revenue and tourism are the things that are being snatched away.
The solution to the overtopping of the sea wall is simple, any gold miner ‒ and we have many in Guyana ‒ can tell you using an 8” dredge or one even smaller will allow you to dredge along the coastline and using the silt build an extended coastline maybe twenty to thirty feet wide where you can plant vegetation like mangrove, coconuts, palms, bamboo and even grass.
That people, is realistic and feasible, and we don’t have do bring any fancy foreign firm to study this. Sometimes our engineers and government officials surprise me with the solutions they come up with; I wonder what the rest of the world thinks about us?
D L Renville