The Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan, said at the commissioning of the Leonora Day Care Centre, last Saturday, that he has observed, and is warning against uncontrolled vending on the newly commissioned West Coast Demerara highway.
The Minister was at the time referring to vending along the West Coast Demerara Highway, in the vicinity of Leonora. The Leonora Market only comes alive on Saturday, and shopping only lasts for about half of that day. As vendors pointed out, this has been the custom for more than eight years.
Jordan said that while he does not want to deprive anyone of making an honest living, persons should do so in a responsible way in an effort to preserve the country’s infrastructure.
The Minister added, “We commission new things and then we move on to the next, not seeming to care that if we don’t care what we put in place, it will not serve us for the time that it is supposed to serve us…
“I believe that this is utter lawlessness to have a market where people are parked all over the place. No one should be denied, a living but we must do so within the laws of the country.
“Parking on shoulder degrades the highway. We should not allow parking and selling to create traffic hazards and congestions.”
The Region Three Administration on the other hand, said that it will seek to engage the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, the ‘D’ Division Police Force along with the NDC to bring greater order to this ad hoc behaviour.
The RDC also contended that it cannot put people out of an honest earning. Nevertheless, the safety of people is of top priority they noted. The RDC said that this dilemma calls for a cooperative and collaborative effort from all the key players; pointing out that the situation at Vreed-en-Hoop and Parika are worse.
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