Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman on Thursday evening met and interacted with residents from the village of Buxton on the East Coast of Demerara as he addressed their concerns.
The visit served as a continuation of a series of community engagements embarked on by the Government aimed at hearing concerns.
Residents raised issues relating to infrastructure, agriculture, housing, and lights.
The Minister committed to donating 20 streetlights and also towards addressing those issues within his ambit and putting the information to other subject Ministers to do same.
In his remarks to the residents, Minister Trotman said he understands “that all things are not perfect” however, he noted, to “continue development towards perfection, the support of residents is needed.”
The Minister highlighted the recent donation by the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), of a boat and engine to the community’s farmers to better travel and transport their goods and produce.
He said that while that has been a significant donation, there is more to come and proceeded to announce the upcoming infrastructure works in the community, specifically an all-weather road which will commence in two weeks.
The Natural Resources Minister also spoke on the development of oil in the country.
“We have managed to move oil from discovery to production in four years, under the leadership and discipline of His Excellency, President David Granger, which is great since, for other places, development normally takes ten years.”
“It is your oil. Rest assured you will not be excluded from it.”
He further reminded of the two critical areas that the government will continue to focus – agriculture and education. In continuing to contribute to these areas, everyone will gain.
“This is a strong and proud village. Do not be disrespected. This village has shaped this country over generations. You must be a part of this development,” he urged.
Before leaving, Minister Trotman donated sporting equipment and seedlings to the residents. (Extracted and modified from Department of Public Information)