Mahdia tragedy: President Ali commits to full compensation for affected families; hints at special inquiry


President Dr. Irfaan Ali on Thursday committed to providing full compensation to the families affected in the horrific fire at the female dormitory of the Mahdia Secondary School and reiterated that the government will stand by all persons affected for as long as is needed.

The President, while providing an update on the Mahdia tragedy on Thursday in Lethem, said talks of compensation have arisen and the government will respond to requests made.

“We are working in the interest of these families and children,” he said.

He added that the government is committing itself to short, medium and long-term support for the families where necessary.

Currently, efforts are being made to ensure that the survivors receive the required medical treatment, including mental health support.

After the briefing, he told the News Room that full compensation will be provided to the affected families.

“At the appropriate time, this will be discussed with the families,” the President said, adding that compensation is just a part of the menu of measures his government is committing itself to.

Meanwhile, he also hinted at the establishment of a special inquiry to address concerns surrounding the fire.

It was reported that the fire was started by a young student, but safety concerns about the dormitory have been raised.

The President hinted that a full Commission of Inquiry (CoI) could be established.

The President is in Lethem for Guyana’s 57th Independence Anniversary celebrations. As per normal, there will be a flag-raising ceremony and fireworks at the stroke of midnight.

President Ali said the Independence programme and fireworks display are dedicated to memory of the lives lost in the tragedy.

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