… Hundreds of households without service
Several hundred households in the Campbellville area were left without telephone and internet services yesterday and the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) is claiming that saboteurs are responsible for the inconvenience.
Yesterday, newly appointed Chief Executive Officer, Yog Mahadeo, expressed alarm over a number of incidents where large cables have been maliciously severed, and added that over the past week alone, four obviously deliberate cases occurred, leaving several hundreds of subscribers without service.
On Wednesday night, cables running from the Eastern Highway into the Sophia area, just north of Congress Place, were cut but not stolen and GT&T says it is now becoming quite clear that the intentions is to disrupt service.
“This is at a time when GT&T is riding high on public goodwill,” Mahadeo told Kaieteur News.
In addition to Section ‘M’ Campbellville, Blygezight, and Bel Air, the emergency numbers of the Guyana Power and Light Inc. (GPL) also went down. Numerous businesses were affected, and according to the CEO, it may take up to three days before service is restored.
GT&T technical personnel have already been mandated to restore services in the affected area as early as possible, the senior official assured.
According to the GT&T executive, not many persons are aware that the cables which cross the canal east of the Eastern Highway are there
Over the past days, cables were also severed in Houston on the East Bank Demerara, and South Ruimveldt Park.
In what may be unrelated incidents but still devastating in impact, cables were vandalized in Laing Avenue, North East La Penitence and Costello Housing Scheme.
Mahadeo said that his company is asking the big “why” question, since the motives are very unclear now.
Earlier this week, GT&T in a press statement, said that its cables have come under increasing attacks, with intentions either to steal or disrupt service.
An estimated 2,000 customers have been affected over the past weeks, GT&T officials said yesterday.
In South Ruimveldt Gardens, between July 21 and 30, telephone cables were cut and removed. The same also happened in Laing Avenue, North East La Penitence, Middle Road La Penitence and Castello Housing Scheme where within days, cables were cut and stolen twice.
At Houston, on July 21 and 27 and Vieira Housing Scheme, on July 30 and 31, more cables were also removed with vandals also hitting the Postal & Stevedore Housing Scheme on July 27.
Yesterday, GT&T informed that the police have been notified and are investigating
Jagdeo hosts reception for overseas-based Buxtonians
….while locals picket outside State House
Some members of the Guyanese Diaspora, specifically those originally from the village of Buxton on the East Coast Demerara, were last evening treated to a modest reception at State House last evening.
However some of the residents of that village used the activity to picket State House in a bid to get over a message to the members of the Diaspora to not be fooled by the “sweet words” of President Bharrat Jagdeo.
The angry Buxtonians are adamant that it was the ruling administration that criminalized and marginalized Buxton.
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