Patterson commits $60M in roadworks for Wakenaam


Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson at a community engagement in Wakenaam Sunday disclosed that his ministry will soon execute rehabilitative works to roads throughout the Essequibo island.

Minister Patterson stated he had a first-hand experience of travelling on the roads.

“I have about $60M in our budget for Wakenaam to fix the main roads.”

“The biggest hindrance to that is the rain… The most difficult thing for the road is rain because if you put it down when the place is wet, it’ll come up back right away,” Minister Patterson explained.

Some of the residents during the meeting with Minister Patterson (DPI photo)

The rehabilitation of the main roads is slated to commence at the beginning of the dry season.

Residents said they are grateful for the upgrade.

“I think the road upgrade would be really-really nice since traversing the road, for me, from Maria Johanna to Souci is a task, and it costs me $1,000 every day,” Teacher, Nicola Harry said.

Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson (DPI photo)

Meanwhile, Minister Patterson committed to the installation of an additional 20 LED [light-emitting-diode] lights on the island. This will complement the 60 LED lights that were erected on GPL’s poles throughout the island in 2018.

At the ministerial community engagement in Maria Johanna, Minister Patterson was flanked by his cabinet colleague, Minister of Public Health, Volda Lawrence. Meetings were also held in Leguan and Akili islands of Essequibo. (Extracted and modified from Department of Public Information)

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