South G/town flooding woes to be addressed – Pres. Ali
President Dr. Irfaan Ali on Saturday committed to addressing core issues, such as flooding, that the communities in South and North Ruimveldt grapple with.
President Ali made the pronouncement during an impromptu visit to south Georgetown on Saturday.
The President told residents that he wanted to “engage the communities on a few things and one is flooding”. He said that the Government has committed to working with south Georgetown and to developing a holistic plan to deal with flooding.
President Ali noted that a team of engineers will execute an initial assessment and when that is completed, they will consult with the residents to find the best way forward.
During his visit, the President walked around Festival City where he inspected the conditions of the roads, drains and the community centre ground.
The President made a commitment, on the spot, to not only rehabilitate the ground but also repair the building. This will be done in conjunction with the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport.
Efforts will also be made to clean and de-silt the drains with expediency to aid the community in alleviating its flooding woes.
During the walkabout, the President engaged residents on pressing community issues and solicited their opinions on addressing them.
President Ali also spoke to several youths in the area and encouraged them to sign up with the Guyana Online Academy of Learning (GOAL) scholarship programme.
Minister of Housing and Water Collin Croal; Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Central Housing and Planning Authority, Sherwyn Greaves and other government representatives were also on the walkabout. (Modified press release from the Office of the President)