APNU visits Mabaruma, Region 1… Faulty infrastructure works highlighted
Members of the leading opposition party, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), made an official visit to Mabaruma, Kumaka and Wauna, in the North West District, Region One, to inspect public infrastructure works being conducted in the area.
The team included senior executive Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine and Shadow Public Works Minister, Mr. Joseph Harmon.
During the visit to the Kumaka Waterfront where work is being done by the Ministry of Public Works to the bank of the Aruka River, the APNU officials said that the residents in the area and business persons have complained bitterly about the quality of work done by the contractor, with regards to the revetment works to the waterfront.
The residents are angry about the waste of money on the project and the absence of involvement by the Regional Democratic Council. Of contention also, is the expertise, or lack thereof, of the appointed Engineer who is supervising the works at the waterfront. Truck loads of red loam are being deposited at the location, but the residents insist this exercise only succeeds in feeding the loam to the river and eating away at the taxpayers’ dollars. Of concern, also, is the cost per truck load of loam.
The residents have also expressed their frustration at the poorly constructed Kumaka Bridge, which prevents an easy flow of water from one side to the other, which has resulted in the area constantly being flooded. Residents say they have made several complaints about this to the RDC and Ministry of Local Government officials, but to no avail. One of the suggestions put forward by the opposition party to rectify this is to reconstruct the bridge with a larger tunnel for the water to flow beneath it.
Barabina, an Amerindian Village, was also one of the other communities visited.
During the visit it was discovered that the main road in Barabina is under three feet of water.
It was outlined that the village is inhabited by lots of poor Amerindians who cannot afford to pay high transportation costs, however, night and day they have to slush through the water, due to the state of the road and they have to pay $100 to get on a boat to move from one end of the road to the other.