May 25, 2015 News
It seems as though in a few months, Georgetown will regain its ‘Garden City’ status.
This is because in recent days citizens as well as public and private sector organizations have been pooling their resources in response to the initiative to transform the city.
On Saturday, residents of Hunter Street, Albouystown, armed themselves with cutlasses, shovels, rakes and garbage bags, and embarked on a clean-up campaign in their community.
The residents turned out in their numbers to engage in the project which aimed at restoring the community.
Many garbage clogged drains were cleaned and several clumps of bushes were removed. The waste was removed by a truck which was provided by the organizer of the campaign, Aleem Hussain.
Hussain, in a brief interview said that he was very excited at the turn out. He added that the day’s activity will not be the only one, since he has plans on making it a weekly exercise.
Many residents have expressed their satisfaction at the initiative. They deemed it as something that would better the environment. “The mosquitoes are too much, the flood water too high and it breeding mosquitoes,” one resident said.
Meanwhile, another villager explained that the clean-up day was much more than having people turn up and pick up trash. She explained that “it was about engaging the community and having people get out and take pride in their surroundings.” She stressed that they have definitely achieved their goal.
According to Roxanne, a volunteer, the activity would be done every Sunday, because she wants to see her community clean. “I need Albouystown to be clean, I born and grow up here”, she said, while applauding the efforts of her fellow villagers.
Georgetown Mayor Hamilton Green, who arrived in the community hours after the clean up to attend a friend’s birthday celebration, said that similar campaigns have commenced around Georgetown. He added that he has scheduled a meeting this week to further discuss plans of beautifying the city.
He said now that former President, Donald Ramotar has been removed from office, he will be taking legal action in order to have Town Clerk (Ag), Carol Sooba removed.
The day after being sworn in, President Granger and the Mayor were present to oversee the restoration of the Independence Arch and a ‘Clean up Georgetown’ campaign. It also targeted the city’s drainage system to alleviate the May/June trend of massive flooding throughout Georgetown.
The project which is a partnership between the President and the Municipality saw several tons of mud and silt being removed from the canals in the area.
Last week a group of youths from the ‘Let’s Keep Georgetown Clean’ initiative embarked on a massive clean-up campaign outside Public Buildings. They cleaned up the mess left outside Public Buildings after celebrations of the swearing in of the President.
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