– Like wood ants, they corrupted and under resourced the health facilities in the region – MP
The dark politics of the government has crippled Region Ten. It has transformed the district into a system of underdevelopment said Region Ten Councilor, Renis Morian.
The Member of Parliament is of the firm belief that while the resources of the district continue to be exploited the community has become nothing more than a “living nightmare for most residents.”
The parliamentarian said that the government continues to build “chip sealed” roads in the region, a very cheap form of roads now called “election roads.” They last for six months.
“Three-quarters of all public roads in the region are in their worst condition some for the past 20 years. From Linden to Ituni to Kwakwani is a nightmare. The price of having roads that are bad is borne by the residents as transportation costs continue to rise, repairs to vehicles are more frequent, and the fire tender and ambulance cannot reach some residents due to the road conditions.
While some market tarmacs on East Coast Demerara are having bituminous surface we are relegated by this PPP administration to endure living in a quagmire,” explained the Lindener.
As it relates to utility services, Morian said that Prime Minister, Samuel Hinds, continues his misleading outbursts on the electricity situation.
“The PPP administration is responsible for destroying the stable and cheap environment of electric production in Linden. Government is always ill advised, always looking for a hustle and sold the lone steam power plant to TEXAS OHIO ENERGY.
“This was done without consultation with locally elected leaders or with members of the community,” he explained.
The representative of Linden added, “This hush-hush corrupt deal resulted in the Government and Linmine taking TEXAS OHIO ENERGY, which was filed in the court in August 2002 and by this time the lone steam plant was destroyed, underperforming and wasted. The hearing was held in Washington DC, USA. One of the persons testifying was Hinds who spent over three days under direct cross-examination. The Government of Guyana claims against TEXAS OHIO ENERGY are as follows; US$998.6 million for loss of bauxite sales, US$ 1.25 million for failure to apply insurance proceeds to repair or rebuild the plant or remit those proceeds to the Government and US$2. 052 million for loss of power plant through sale to Linden Power Company.”
“This is 2014; the good Prime Minister continues to sleep walk in his outbursts that the Government is working in the interest of the people of Region Ten but he would have to explain to residents in linden what has happened to the arbitration money?
“Why the Government never honoured the will of the people of Linden to replace what they destroyed through corruption by his fellow ‘kleptocrats.’ We would require the Government to replace what they have stolen through mismanagement.”
On the topic of health facilities, Morian also explained that years ago Lindeners boasted of having two well managed and resourced hospitals but when the People’s Progressive Party entered, like “wood ants, they destroyed ,corrupted and under resourced the health facilities in the region.”
“The Prime Minister should visit the Wismar Hospital and the “State of the art hospital” built at Mackenzie. Poor people sometimes have to forego some drugs ordered by their doctors due to cost at local pharmacies.”
Morian added that there seems to be a programme of under-resourcing when he takes everything into consideration.
“Our schools are a long way off in terms of physical facilities and resources when placed alongside schools in the city. The security and fire services need new vehicles.
“It seems when they are used elsewhere, then Linden is the final dumping ground. We don’t have fire tenders suited for local conditions at Wismar.”
The Parliamentarian said that the government needs to draft programmes that are geared towards agricultural development, the development of tertiary facilities, infrastructure and financial support for some of the programmes which locally elected leaders have crafted on the basis of economic development.
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