The slothfulness of the 2016 budgetary allocations continues to render hardships to the lives of the people of Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice). This is the view of Regional Vice Chairman Rion Peters who stated on Thursday that it has been over a month since the region could receive the benefits from this year’s approved sums.
Finance Minister Winston Jordan
Region Five Chairman Vickchand Ramphal
“The people of this region still continue to experience the hardship of dealing with infrastructure that needs repair and the lack of improved services, some of which were catered for in the region’s 2016 Budget,” Peters noted.
The Vice Chairman also pointed out that agricultural activities are of vital importance to the livelihood of the people in Region Five and noted that the maintenance and improvement of the region’s agriculture infrastructure are needed.
To this end, Peters posited that it is important for the Regional Executive Officer to “strategically and swiftly implement” the region’s work programme to bring relief to residents of this region.
He further opined that Region Five over the years has been one of the leading regions as it relates to the implementation and execution of its work programme. He observed that it was necessary that the people of this region begin to benefit from the resources that were allocated to them by the Parliament of Guyana, so that they too “can enjoy a good life” which was promised by officials of the Government.
The Vice Chairman also decried the process for “the advertisement of the Regions 2016 work programme”. Peters noted that many contractors are awaiting the renewal of their compliances. It was alleged that some of the region’s contactors are affiliated with the current Administration, and as such, “delaying tactics [are] been used to accommodate those contactors”.
In February, Government passed a $230 billion National Budget after a series of fiery debates and gruelling questions with the political Opposition. Finance Minister Winston Jordan championed the budget which fell under the theme ‘Stimulating Growth, Restoring Confidence… the Good Life Beckons’ while the Opposition deemed it as “anti-poor” and “repackaged”.
Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had said that the budget “lacks the accompanying measures to realise this theme.”