President Ali addresses improper drainage, irrigation, poor roads during Eccles visit
President Dr Irfaan Ali conducted a walkabout on Monday in Eccles Housing Scheme on the East Bank of Demerara during which he addressed concerns from residents.
Among the issues raised were improper drainage, irrigation and poor roadways, which significantly contribute to flooding, in addition to dumping of debris and noise nuisance.
And to address these issues, the President issued immediate instructions to the relevant officials, who accompanied him on the walkabout.
During the visit, it was noticed that many of the drains were clogged and filled with garbage. This, residents complained, contribute to the flooding they face when it rains.
This issue, President Ali, said will be addressed from Friday.
“I think it is ridiculous to say the least. We have to deal with it. From Friday, we will deal with the entire drainage situation here,” President Ali said.
As it relates to debris (wrecked vehicles etc) along the roadways, the President instructed that the regional officials sell them as scrap metal if the owners fail to comply with the notices of removal.
“This thing is simple to sort out. If you give people notice and they are not moving their junk, all you got to do is put out a public advertisement and sell it to scrap metal,” President Ali contended.
The community of Eccles is one that consists of a number of bars and residents complained about the loud music on a daily basis, especially late into the nights.
Residents told the President that complaints to the Police have fallen on deaf ears.
As such, President Ali ordered the Police Commander, Krishnadat Ramana to have the issue addressed immediately.
The President reiterated that the development of the community requires a joint effort by both residents and the relevant authorities.
As such, he urged residents to be responsible, to cooperate and play their part.
“Development, everybody has to be involved. Everybody have to take responsibility…There is a lot of work to do…but I believe we are getting there, we see communities that are improving,” President Ali noted.
At the same time, the President said there is a need for leaders, many of whom reside in the community, to adapt a more proactive approach in addressing the concerns of residents.
“I know they are responsible leaders. I expect more from them because I know the level of competence that exists,” President Ali said.
The President was accompanied by Speaker of the National Assembly, Manzoor Nadir; Minister of Agriculture, Zulfikar Mustapha; Minister within the Ministry of Public Works, Deodat Indar and Minister within the Office of the Prime Minister, Kwame McCoy.