East La Pen­i­tence-Riv

Stabroek News Sunday - - LET­TERS -

(CH&PA) and the Min­istry of the Pres­i­dency. Fer­gu­son re­lated that fol­low­ing a visit by those au­thor­i­ties to the area, she was in­formed that the land can be reg­u­larised.

The woman went on to say that the of­fi­cials have al­ready de­mar­cated lots.

The APNU can­di­date also spoke about get­ting things done in the com­mu­nity for youths. “Lots of youths in our com­mu­nity are sin­gle par­ents and some are school dropouts and I want to em­bark on a pro­gramme for the youths,” she re­lated. Fer­gu­son added that there is al­ready a youth group in the com­mu­nity of West La Pen­i­tence, where she is a men­tor and she would like to con­tinue the work that has been un­der­taken by the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“The prob­lem is that the youths in the con­stituency, some of them don’t have jobs and they need op­por­tu­ni­ties. Some of the youths don’t even go to school be­cause their par­ents aren’t work­ing and all these other things,” she stated.

She added that she would like to em­bark on a pro­gramme to have a lit­er­acy class and even a com­puter hub es­tab­lished in the com­mu­ni­ties for the chil­dren. Fer­gu­son said many chil­dren within the com­mu­nity can­not read or spell prop­erly. She fur­ther said that those chil­dren who can­not read or write well would be able to learn about tech­nol­ogy.

Fer­gu­son told Stabroek News that her vi­sion would be to have the com­mu­ni­ties within the con­stituency work to­gether for the de­vel­op­ment of the con­stituency as a whole.

“For Con­stituency 11, I would like to merge the com­mu­ni­ties to­gether and form small com­mit­tee groups in each one of the ar­eas, then merge as one to work col­lab­o­ra­tively so that we can make our con­stituency bet­ter,” she in­di­cated.

Fer­gu­son stated that she would not make promises to per­sons in the com­mu­nity as coun­cilors will have to work with what­ever re­sources they re­ceive while sit­ting on the coun­cil.

In­de­pen­dent can­di­date and com­mu­nity ac­tivist An­drews says that his main fo­cus for his com­mu­nity, if elected as coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tive, would be to tackle drainage.

An­drews, in an in­ter­view, told this news­pa­per that dur­ing the last elec­tions, he too heard of the promises that the res­i­dents of his con­stituency were told so can­di­dates would be elected. The man said he would not be mak­ing promises to the res­i­dents of the con­stituency through­out his cam­paign but he will, how­ever, do as much as he can to bet­ter the com­mu­nity.

The man stated that he is run­ning as an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date be­cause he would like to be there for the peo­ple who re­side within the con­stituency. “My peo­ple must be able to walk over by my home or make a call and re­late what’s hap­pen­ing in the com­mu­ni­ties to me,” An­drews stated.

The first thing An­drews plans to get done if he is elected as the coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tive would be the clean­ing of the drains within the com­mu­ni­ties, as is­sues with the drainage bring on other prob­lems like mos­quito in­fes­ta­tions and even flood­ing within cer­tain ar­eas. He stated that he would get that project go­ing im­me­di­ately as the rainy sea­son is ap­proach-

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