Three years ago I was visiting the Essequibo coast and was shown around the new Supenaam stelling by one of the contractor’s managers. The stelling was “finished” I was assured. From the press I knew that there were new ferry boats being provided by the Chinese nation.
Now some three or more years later, although the ferry boats have been delivered, and I understand commissioned, tested and the crews trained to operate them, the service is still not operating from Parika to Supenaam, because the necessary berthing dolphins are not yet completed.
I was visiting Essequibo again from December last to February this year and had hoped that my wife and I could enjoy using the new ferry service. This was not to be!
Why can’t the country complete the necessary infrastructure required at the two stellings?
The country is now hoping that oil will be found off shore and bring much needed wealth to Guyana. If Guyana cannot complete the two stellings, with simple to be constructed berthing dolphins, what hope has the country got in embracing and completing the necessary infrastructure for servicing an off shore oil industry?
Foreign Companies can of course do this, but at what cost to Guyanese?
Please let us get together and demonstrate to the wider world that Guyana can and will take its place in the developing world’s expanding economies and improve the living standard of all of the Guyanese people.
The delay to the opening of the new Parika-Supenaam ferry does not give me confidence that Guyana is equipped to take advantage of the benefits that would be available to the nation if oil is found in commercially exploitable quantities. “COME ON GUYANA.” From a concerned expatriate married to a proud Guyanese.
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