G$30 million earmarked for Essequibo Coast ground enhancement
The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport has commenced the development phase of its expansive Ground Enhancement Programme, with at least four grounds on the Essequibo Coast set to benefit from a G$30 million allocation.
Minister Charles Ramson Jr. visited the grounds on Sunday and revealed the figure, while stating they will be given an advance of G$15 million and the remainder in phased payments throughout the year.
The enhancement works are specific to each ground, and will be so advised by the Administrators of the respective grounds.
Grounds in Reliance, Queenstown and Affiance are undergoing enhancement works, while the Minister indicated that the Lima ground is being considered for lights.
Recently, Ramson Jr. explained that they will soon commence the next phase of the Ground Enhancement Programme after a very aggressive assessment phase and initial remedial work.
The Minister also plans on inviting the Sport Associations to grounds designated for specific disciplines so they can be engaged in the planning process.
Sport was given a major boost with $1.5 billion budgeted to facilitate development programmes throughout the country.
Of the overall amount, $915.5 million is allocated for the improvement of community grounds countrywide, to expand their use as parks, and create premium, multi-purpose, sporting facilities of international standards in Regions Two, Six and 10.