Cre­ation of four new towns a ma­jor ac­com­plish­ment

Stabroek News - - STABROEK NEWS -

Dear Ed­i­tor, The fact that there are four new hin­ter­land towns has gone un­no­ticed. These four new towns, Bar­tica (Re­gion Seven), Mabaruma (Re­gion One), Lethem (Re­gion Nine) and Mah­dia (Re­gion Eight) were, prior to the APNU+AFC coali­tion gov­ern­ment tak­ing of­fice, con­sid­ered vil­lages.

Now, these four towns can pro­vide vi­tal ser­vices to the peo­ple who re­side therein. This is a ma­jor ac­com­plish­ment as for years, res­i­dents of our hin­ter­land were com­pelled to travel to other parts of the coun­try to reg­is­ter their busi­nesses or to re­new their pass­ports, to name a few.

Many of these es­sen­tial ser­vices will soon be de­cen­tral­ized thereby al­low­ing res­i­dents to con­duct their busi­nesses within their en­vi­rons; their home.

The quar­tet are no longer la­belled based on their eco­nomic and so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties. They are no longer termed “min­ing com­mu­nity”, “bush” or “back­dam”. They are towns, man­aged by the peo­ple who live there. The very peo­ple who now have the power to chart the course of de­vel­op­ment. There are May­ors, Deputy May­ors, coun­cil­lors and Town Clerks to man­age the af­fairs of these newly minted towns.

The peo­ple of Bar­tica ex­pe­ri­ence daily, Pres­i­dent David Granger’s vi­sion for “Cap­i­tal Towns”. This gov­ern­ment has spared no ef­fort to demon­strate that they are pre­pared and ready to de­cen­tral­ize es­sen­tial ser­vices.

For in­stance, by 2020 the town­ship of Bar­tica will see the con­struc­tion of an im­mi­gra­tion of­fice and a mag­is­trate’s court. The con­struc­tion of these es­sen­tial ed­i­fices will sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce the town’s de­pen­dency on Ge­orge­town for re­lated pro­ce­dures.

Bar­tica has be­come Guyana’s green model town, at­tract­ing in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion as it pushes ahead with its green man­date.

The con­struc­tion of a power sta­tion at Dagg Point, Re­gion Seven, the con­struc­tion of the Bar­tica Ferry Stelling, and the resur­fac­ing of the Four to Five Miles Road, will see in ex­cess of $1 bil­lion be­ing spent to fur­ther de­velop the town.

These in­vest­ments are in ad­di­tion to the bil­lions of dol­lars al­ready spent through­out the hin­ter­land, aimed at bet­ter­ing the lives of the cit­i­zenry and em­pow­er­ing our towns.

Bar­tica, Mabaruma, Mah­dia and Lethem are no longer ‘bush’ or in­te­rior vil­lages. They are pris­tine cap­i­tal towns, gov­erned by coun­cils elected by the res­i­dents and sup­ported by a demo­cratic gov­ern­ment. Yours faith­fully, Gif­ford Mar­shall Mayor Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Bar­tica

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