New Community Development office in Region Three opens

REO Denis Jaikaran hands over the keys to new Community Development office to Deputy Director Donald Ainsworth (Department of Public Information photo)

The Department of Community Development of the Ministry of Communities now has a permanent residence in Region Three.

The Department of Public Information (DPI) yesterday reported that a spacious office building, located at 8th Street Tuschen New Housing Scheme, was handed over to Deputy Director Donald Ainsworth at a simple ceremony by the Regional Executive Officer of Essequibo Islands-West Demerara, Denis Jaikaran.

Speaking to the DPI, Jaikaran said that it is time for the full utilisation of the government’s resources for the benefit of the people.

“I have always believed and will continue to ensure that government’s facilities be utilised to the fullest. We cannot continue to have state-of-the-art structures sitting dormant, rather they must be used for purposes that will ensure the upliftment of our people. This facility will play a major role in providing services to the people of Tuschen and by extension Essequibo Islands-West Demerara and this is why I am extremely happy to hand it over to the Department of Community Development,” he explained.

The report said Jaikaran further spoke about the need for young people to be meaningfully engaged in profitable activities that will guarantee economic, social and moral upliftment of themselves. Deputy Director Ainsworth indicated that various classes would be held at the facility. “I anticipate various programmes would be held here which include sewing, cooking, cosmetology, reading and writing classes, lectures on many topical issues. It is a big complex and many things will be done here for the benefit of the people of Region Three. This is definitely a step in the right direction for community development and we are extremely happy to be a part of this along with the Administration of Region Three,” Ainsworth said.

The Deputy Director also assured the REO that he will be engaging the Board of Industrial Training so that they can come on board and provide training programmes in the form of technical trades. “Whether it is mechanical, welding, plumbing, block making or whatever skills we can offer we must and we will,” said Ainsworth.

The DPI noted that the Department of Community Development has the mandate to empower people within their communities so as to promote stronger and more unified communities with the aim of ensuring social cohesion among our people.

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