Minister of Housing and Water Irfaan Ali recently commissioned 15 roads at Enmore and the rehabilitated Enmore Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) which were recently completed under the Commu-nity Roads Improvement Programme (CRIP).
The Caribbean Develop-ment Bank-funded programme catered for the rehabilitation of the NDC building, the training of staff, development of a maintenance manual, rehabilitation of 5.5 kilometres (km) of roads, cleaning, reshaping and realigning existing roadways, drains, and the construction of new drains in Nursery School St and other areas in the East Coast Demerara community.
“There is a lot of work indeed that is needed for the development of this community and we are going to continue as a Government to provide investments that are required to improve the lives of every citizen of Enmore and its environs,” Ali said at the commissioning ceremony held in the NDC compound.
The minister also pointed out that the CRIP brought stakeholders together under one management in its implementation, according to a report from the Government Information Agency (GINA). He said the programme not only aimed at rehabilitating roads but on improving the management capacity and capabilities of the NDC.
“One of government’s priority is to ensure a more efficient level of service to the people at the community level, and over the years Government has committed itself in ensuring that the leadership at the community level are trained and capacity is built [so that] the leadership of the NDC is equipped to manage the affairs of the community,” Ali said. The minister also spoke of the need to maintain the structure and urged residents to be vigilant and vibrant and to preserve the road which is expected to benefit about 7,000 residents.
GINA said the objective of the CRIP is to improve access to housing, education, health and other social infrastructure in selected communities in regions Three, Four and Six.