Group meet­ings sched­uled for De­cem­ber 2017 and Jan­uary next

Weekend Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By Eddi Rod­ney

Peo­ple’s

Pro­gres­sive Party District and Group sec­re­taries will be hold­ing lo­cal unit meet­ings in West and East Ber­bice dur­ing the weeks of early De­cem­ber and as of Jan­uary 5, 2018.

Ba­si­cally, the var­i­ous party units will be plac­ing things in or­der for an­nual District con­fer­ences, as well

Flash­back of an ear­lier con­fer­ence

as to iden­tify clus­ter lead­ers whose task cen­tres upon Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Elec­tions and the ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sign­ments.

In terms of the lat­ter, the planned meet­ings will in­volve party mem­bers as well as non party sup­port­ers.

In the for­mer in­stance, the party district com­mit­tees would be con­cen­trat­ing on en­sur­ing the reg­u­lato- ry for­mu­la­tions for an­nual del­e­gates de­lib­er­a­tions are com­plied with.

Meet­ings are sched­uled for Line Path and Crab­wood Creek as well as the other con­stituen­cies along East Ber­bice.

PPP ac­tivists make field vis­its in re­sponse to com­mu­nity con­cerns

Dis­tricts 1, 2 and 3 com-

pris­ing the West Ber­bice re­gion are pro­grammed to spon­sor both types of meet­ings at spe­cific lo­ca­tions most ac­ces­si­ble to group mem­bers, in­clud­ing Bath Free­dom House (for District 2).

Mean­while, PPP ac­tivists have vis­ited the lo­ca­tion of the road­way that leads to the Abary Pri­mary School, which is in a de­plorable con­di­tion.

An­other area of com­mu­nity anx­i­ety was flagged by an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the high­risk sit­u­a­tion as this re­gards the boat trans­porta­tion that serves to con­vey the head­mas­ter, teacher and stu­dents along the creek.

It was con­firmed that no life jack­ets are pro­vided de­spite re­peated re­quests for these to be made avail­able.

The Re­gional Ed­u­ca­tion Devel­op­ment Of­fi­cer (REDO) has been in­formed, as well as the Re­gional Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer (REO), Mr. Ovid Mor­ri­son.

Up to last week noth­ing had been done.

Skel­don work­ers in­ter­viewed as Guysuco clo­sure im­mi­nent

Party or­gan­is­ers were up­dated last week on the

ab­surd sit­u­a­tion ex­ist­ing at Blair­mont sugar es­tate and fac­tory where man­age­ment has claimed t here i s no money to pay the work­ers, that the wages amount was uti­lized t o pay work­ers from the shut­down Wales es­tate.

Mean­while, sub­se­quent to the broad pop­u­lar sol­i­dar­ity ex­tended to Rose Hall and Canje/ Al­bion work­ers over the pro­posed Guysuco amal­ga­ma­tion and di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion poli­cies, the de­ci­sion by the gov­ern­ment to de­fer the clo­sure of Rose Hall es­tate from the end of 2017 un­til some­time next year is be­ing viewed par­tially as a vic­tory for the work­ers.

There is a vo­cal con­sen­sus that the gov­ern­ment should heed good ad­vice and make the temp clo­sure per­ma­nent.

On the neg­a­tive side it was re­li­ably learnt last week that sec­tion of Skel­don es­tate’s labour force have been in­ter­viewed prior to re­ceiv­ing re­dun­dant let­ters no­ti­fy­ing them of the Guysuco lay­offs.

Ap­prox­i­mately 1,700 work­ers are en­gaged i n pro­duc­tion at this fac­tory site.

Party hon­ours com­rade Ali Baksh

An es­ti­mated 1,000 per­sons gath­ered on Satur­day Novem­ber 25, last to pay homage and give their re­spects to Ali Baksh, a long stand­ing PPP stal­wart from the 1960s.

Brief ad­dresses were made by ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers of the Party, in­clud­ing Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Bhar­rat Jagdeo, for­mer gen­eral sec­re­taries Don­ald Ramo­tar and Cle­ment James Ro­hee, as well as rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Pro­gres­sive Youth Or­gan­i­sa­tion (Ir­faan Ally), Women’s Pro­gres­sive Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WPO), Sheila Veerasammy, Rice Pro­duc­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, Dharamku­mar Seeraj and for­mer Cabi­net Sec­re­tary Dr. Roger Lun­cheon.

Eu­logy trib­utes were read by the daugh­ters of Ali Baksh.

The for­mer re­gional chair­man ( both PPP and Ad­min) was hailed as a gifted leader who be­lieved i n t he t each­ings of Dr. Ja­gan to his fi­nal days on earth.

His f uneral was t he largest seen in Esse­quibo for years.

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