Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) Chairman Devanand Ramdatt has disclosed that Police from G Division (Essequibo Coast-Islands) have commenced investigations into the removal of materials from the dismantled school.
The materials went missing immediately after the old Aurora Secondary School was dismantled for construction to commence on a new school.
Construction on the new school has commenced and is ahead of schedule
Thus far, the Regional Engineer has been questioned by the Police about the materials and the Regional Executive Officer (REO) Rupert Hopkinson had asked him to account for all the materials that were dismantled, since it was under his supervision when it went missing.
Ramdatt said he is happy the matter is engaging the attention of the Police.
He further explained that he is concerned that such a situation occurred, even though he instructed the REO on a process that allowed transparency and accountability regarding the material from the dismantled school that could have been used for several community projects. He added that the project would have positively impacted the lives of the working class people.
“Just neighbouring the project site, residents are living in shacks, students who are displaced due to the construction of the school are housed under residents’ bottom houses that could have been upgraded to create more child-friendly spaces, playgrounds, churches, masjids and mandirs could have used the materials for more community-based projects,” Ramdatt related.
The Chairman is however concerned that whenever rain falls, classes are displaced and maybe when the rainy season commences, classes can be further affected.
Meanwhile, the Chairman explained during an interview with this publication that construction on the new school is in full swing and the contractor, Rakesh Samaroo, is ahead of schedule. Ramdatt said the project is expected to be completed by November 2016.
The Chairman said that he had a meeting with the consultant, contractor and representatives from the regional education department, along with the regional administration in relation to the project.