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(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-