Aug 19, 2008 News
The residents of Festival City, North Ruimveldt, Georgetown have increasingly expressed their dissatisfaction with the efforts by the Mayor and City Council to improve their community in preparation for the upcoming international event of Carifesta X.
The residents say that they see Carifesta as a ‘money making’ event, rather than a community enhancement project. Some say that they were promised by the Government materials to repair their homes in time for Carifesta X.
The residents told Kaieteur News that they are still awaiting the donation of those materials, and the event is nearing.
The residents started digging the drains in that area, and they are also involved in land clearing activities.
The Council workers mowed the lawns in front of some of the residents’ homes.
For that the residents are grateful, but they are confused at the same time. They expected the workers to conduct other activities to beautify the area.
Residents added that they are quite willing to assist in the preparation for the event, but they first need proof of a fifty-fifty cooperation between themselves and the Government. Some of the residents learnt from the Council workers that they would prevent flooding.
Kaieteur News understands that North and South Ruimveldt experienced only approximately 15 minutes of rain last Wednesday, but the streets in Festival City became flooded.
The M&CC has begun digging the drains along the pavement that extends the length of Aubrey Barker Road. While digging the drains, some of the workers have been stung by the bees that inhabit the abandoned lots bordering the pavement.
Some of the Festival City residents also stated that the house which bears the lot 1972 — the year Guyana hosted the first ever Carifesta event — was to be repaired and decorated for the upcoming event, but no progress has been made to improve its aesthetics.
Another concerned resident told this newspaper that Deputy Mayor Robert Williams recently visited the area to oversee some of the Council workers construct a stage around what used to be a basketball court in Festival City Entrance.
Williams had asked some of the residents to assist the workers in painting, but he received a most disturbing response from the residents. The people feel that such a project is nonsensical.
Everything that comes out of Jagdeo’s mouth is aimed at confusing this nation.
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