Residents of Kumaka in the Mabaruma sub-district, Region One (Barima-Waini), have highlighted the urgent need for the resuscitation of the Wauna palm oil project, which had become dormant.
A section of the residents at the meeting at the Kumaka Extension Centre, Region One
The call was made during a meeting with Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman at the Kumaka Extension Centre. The Minister, along with a team, visited the sub-district over the weekend.
According to residents, the project is critical to the development of the sub-region and its people.
One resident pointed out that at this point in time a private individual is trying to secure the land for personal use. This, he said, must not happen.
In response, Minister Trotman stated, “It is not for us to come and tell you that you shall now be selling soft drinks or you shall now be doing palm oil … we will only make it possible for you to realise your dreams, so if you feel that the Wauna oil palm project is it, then so be it.”
The residents were further advised that President David Granger has tasked his Ministers with placing the hinterland among the priority areas in Guyana. It is against this background that massive infrastructural and transformative projects will be implemented, mainly to connect coastal Guyana and the hinterland.
Specific emphasis will be placed on the development of the Mabaruma sub-region as it is slated for township status.
“After you would have elected your township, you would be working with the Region and the municipality to craft your developmental plan, and if you believe that Wauna’s restoration is one of such projects that must be resuscitated, we will work with you to see how it could be done,” Minister Trotman committed.
The Ministers who visited the sub-region were Minister in the Communities Ministries, Dawn Hastings-Williams; Minister within the Natural Resources Ministry, Simona Broomes; Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton, and Minister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Annette Ferguson.