Residents of Black Bush Polder, Corentyne, Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne)
Region Six Chairman David Armogan and Black Bush Polder NDC Chairman Thakoor Persaud inspect a vandalised bridge at Mibicuri
have been allegedly stealing materials from structures in the community, creating hardships for others and costing the regional administration millions of dollars. Among the structures being targeted by residents to vandalise are bridges.
Chairman of the Black Bush Polder Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) Thakoor Persaud said residents have been removing sections of bridges for their own personal use.
“Nobody sees them doing so and even when people see, they don’t say anything and refuse to give any evidence,” Persaud related.
Region Six Chairman David Armogan said all the money which is being spent in the community for infrastructural development is for the benefit of all residents.
“Every time we spend money and expect these structures to last for a given period… farmers come to these bridges and remove the liners then the whole structure will collapse. These things we do for the convenience of residence here,” the Regional Chairman said.
He added that the problem is not peculiar to the Black Bush Polder area but many communities in Region Six.
According to Persaud, all damaged structures will be repaired. He is calling on residents to exercise more interest in their own well-being, since rice farmers depend heavily on bridges as harvesting of rice has commenced.