With big projects underway, gov’t shifts focus to ‘community & people development’


It has been two years since the Irfaan Ali administration was sworn into office; since then, new highways and housing schemes have been established and contracts have been signed for other major transformational projects.

With those big projects underway, President Ali says that the government now intends to focus more on issues directly affecting the social aspect of people’s lives.

He made this promise during an outreach activity at Pigeon Island, East Coast of Demerara (ECD) on Tuesday.

He commemorated his second anniversary as Head of State at that event and reminded the residents that his first two years in office were characterised by an aggressive push to get much-needed developmental projects off the ground.

Some of these projects had been conceptualised for quite some time but languished before the Ali administration took office.

President Dr. Irfaan Ali (right) engages residents of Pigeon Island. Minister within the Ministry of Public Works Deodat Indar is at his right (Photo: Office of the President/ August 3, 2022)

“….you are seeing now that we are turning the sods for all the projects, so by the end of this year, the transformative agenda for Guyana will be well on its way,” President Ali said.

He quickly added, “while that is underway, we have more time to focus on community development and people development.”

The Head of State was keen to note that this focus on community issues is not a new one.

He reminded the gathering that numerous government outreach activities were held across the country, with the engagement in Pigeon Island being the most recent.

And at each of those activities, the President said that he and his team of ministers have keenly listened to people’s issues and priorities. Those engagements will now inform how the government continues its work, he said.

Later, in a video recording shared online, the President spoke directly to Guyanese and acknowledged that there is much more work to be done. He, however, affirmed that he is up to the task as the nation’s “chief servant.”

At Tuesday’s outreach activity, kudos for the President and his government were aplenty.

One resident, who identified himself as Haroun, said that the pace of development the country has witnessed over the past two years has been unprecedented.

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