NTC wants speedy resolution to Linden problems
The National Toshaos’ Council (NTC) is calling on Government and Opposition Parties to resolve the situation in Linden, which has also disrupted the lives of Amerindians in Regions Eight, Nine and 10.
Halt of economic activities, high fuel and food prices, hunger, and limited access to transportation were related as some of the hardships villagers face.
According to NTC’s Chairperson, Derrick John, 152 Amerindians leaders had recorded their desire to see problems in Linden be resolved at the end of the just concluded National Toshaos’ Conference.
At a press conference yesterday at the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs, John related that Amerindian leaders “stand in solidarity with those who are suffering because of the irresponsible actions of some people in Linden”.
He expressed sympathy for the three men who were killed on the first day of protest against electricity tariff increases. John added that Linden is the gateway to the interior and its ‘shutdown’ has a negative impact on Amerindian communities.
Speaking on behalf of Amerindian communities in Region 10, Toshao Winsbert Benjamin noted that logging which is a major economic activity in some villages has halted. He said that communities are accessing fuel and food via river transport, but it is costly, and the volume is limited.
Access to fuel and food is also a problem for residents of Regions Eight and Nine. Toshao Rudolph Roberts noted that villages in Region Nine are widely dispersed, and as such, movement is heavily dependent on fuel. Currently, residents are paying $4,000 per gallon of diesel.