Temporary jobs are being provided all across the country as part of the government’s attempts at cushioning the rising cost of living and President Dr. Irfaan Ali announced that 2,000 of those jobs will be rolled out in Region Nine (Upper Takutu- Upper Essequibo).
The Head of State, who is on a three-day visit to the southern region, explained that the 2,000 residents will each get $40,000, working in various sectors.
He believes that this intervention will see much more disposable income (that is, money that people are able to spend) being provided to people. It is also expected to help stimulate the local economy.
And Dr. Ali said this initiative joins other efforts at providing or restoring employment opportunities in the region.
More than 10,000 of these temporary, part-time jobs are being provided in all regions. Vice President Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo previously said that the government is spending at least $5 billion providing these jobs.
President Ali also rubbished concerns raised by Opposition Leader Aubrey Norton vis-à-vis this temporary employment initiative.
Dr. Ali was keen on noting that the Opposition, when in government, took actions that resulted in the loss of thousands of jobs in the sugar industry and among Guyana’s indigenous people.
And he promised that similar initiatives will be rolled out in the future.