– Minister Webster at Region Three flag raising
Minister of Human Services and Social Security, Jennifer Webster joined with the Regional Democratic Council and residents of Region Three at a flag-raising ceremony in commemoration of the country’s 48th Independence anniversary.
The ceremony, which was held at the Regional Office at Vreed-en-Hoop was well-attended and included a number of cultural items.
Minister Webster said that as another significant milestone is celebrated, it is only fitting that citizens re-commit themselves with even greater fortitude to serve and move forward as a united people.
“Today we stand proud as citizens of a young but vibrant and matured nation that has grown into a progressive state of economic stability and social development…the Guyana in which we live today is very different from the one that was obtained after independence. We have enhanced our physical landscape and the quality of life of our people…” Minister Webster said.
She spoke of the bright prospects that Information Communication Technology (ICT) holds for Guyanese, especially as it relates to the creation of employment.
“ICT can enhance the lives of our women through education and job training opportunities, promote literacy, improve access to health care, enable them to better exercise their legal rights and support their participation in decision making at all levels including in the highest echelons of government.”
She also expressed the hope that political parties in Parliament will try to put aside their differences and work together in the interest of the people whom they represent.
Meanwhile, Regional Chairman, Region Three, Julius Faerber spoke about the lobbying for political independence by Dr. Cheddi Jagan and Forbes Burnham and subsequent events leading up to the country finally gaining independence in 1966.
The Chairman said that over the years, the country has witnessed tremendous growth and development in all sectors.
In Region Three, a total of $297.3M was spent last year on capital works of which 99.5 percent was completed and $2.7B on current works of which 99.9 percent was completed.
From the Region’s budget this year, works will be carried out in areas such as Leguan, Zeelandia, Ruby, Parika, Stanleytown, Salem, Bagotville, Goed Fortuin, Hague Backdam, Zeelugt, Vergenoegen, Fellowship, Rumzeight, Patentia, Canal No.1 Polder, Parfait Harmonie, Western Hogg Island, Makouria, and Wales among other areas.
He took the opportunity to call on residents to desist from dumping garbage in the waterways especially during the rainy season, and also warned again vending on the roadways and squatting.
Cattle nuisance is another problem the Regional Chairman said, and informed that the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) have employed a number of stray catchers. Persons whose cattle have been impounded would have to pay as much as $7,000 per animal for their release.
Subsequent to the remarks, the Golden Arrowhead was hoisted by ranks of the joint services stationed in Region Three. (A GINA release)
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