Residents of Kokerite Hill, Mabaruma get electricity
On Thursday, an electrical network to service the community of Kokerite (Kokerital) Hill, Mabaruma, in Region One was completed and handed over to the Regional Democratic Council (RDC).
On Friday, Minister of Housing and Water, Collin Croal, who also holds parliamentary responsibility for Region One, visited the area. Minister Croal stated that the government has been actively working to address inadequacies affecting hinterland and riverine communities and the electrical network will improve the standard of living for those residing in the area.
“Our aim is to ensure that all Guyanese are equipped with basic amenities and utilities to live meaningful lives. The installation of this electricity system will help residents in Kokerite Hill to have strengthened security and enhance their access to better educational opportunities, as well as, improve their overall comfort,” the Minister said according to a statement from the Ministry of Housing and Water.
The installation of the system is also another promise fulfilled by the Minister, who made the commitment during his visit to Mabaruma in April.
The network consists of four 25 KVA transformers with approximately 600 meters of primary network (high voltage) and 1,500 meters of secondary network (low voltage network). The scheme currently falls under the purview of the Ministry and the works will allow for residents within the scheme to access 110/220 voltage to their homes. Another seven households just outside of the scheme boundary are also expected to be connected to the electrical network. Before this development, only a small portion of the scheme received electricity.
Additionally, the Minister handed over 15 light-emitting diode (LED) street lights to the Regional Chairman, Mr. Brentnol Ashley. He said that the street lights are aimed to complement the newly installed electrical system and to boost security for persons who traverse the areas at nights.