As hundreds of Guyanese marched through the streets of
Although the focus on June 5 is on reducing food waste under the theme “Think, Eat Save, Reduce Your Food Print”, two residents of Albert Street, Alberttown confronted Minister of the Environment, Robert Persaud about the clogged drains and alley that have made her yard and surrounding areas “toxic” and a mosquito haven.
“Help, help, my back yard is a toxic mess,” and “Mr President, the smell from this alley is in my bedroom,” read the placards. Rose Clarke complained bitterly about the condition of her surroundings. “My backyard is a mess. I have a young grandbaby just nine days old. I cannot do anything. I cannot even wash. Mosquitoes in the house, all over the place because the alley full and they not cleaning the drains,” she told Demerara Waves Online News (www.demwaves.com).
“I cannot tell the last day they clean the alley so I am suffering badly here,” she said, adding that she has appealed to the pest control section, City Hall and the President all without redress.
Persaud assured the resident that he would ask the
“That certainly speaks to the frustration, but you have that power, you have that authority to ensure that those who are in charge at the local level that they also support the efforts that we have a very clean and healthy environment,” he told a World Environment Day Rally.
European Union (EU) Ambassador to
Persaud charged residents of the city and elsewhere to “tidy up” and “clean up
Meanwhile, Chairman of the Private Sector Commission (PSC), Ronald Webster is not too enthusiastic about the one-off symbolic June 3-5 City-wide cleanup being organised by the Ministry of Local Government. “This is what the private sector is concerned about. They are being asked to do these things. They support it and then a few weeks later it flops so we need a total commitment of all citizens,” he told Demerara Waves Online News.
The clean-up will take in Water Street to Parade Street and Young Street to Cowan Street; North & South Cummingsburg from Lamaha Street to Church Street and Thomas Street to Water Street ; Lacytown from Water Street to Camp Street and North Road to South Road; East Ruimveldt from Trench Road to Mandela Avenue and Front Road to Mandela Avenue and West Ruimveldt from Vlissengen Road to Hunter Street and Mandela Avenue to Front Road.
Winners for the various categories who participated in the Annual Green Walk:
Best Banner : 1.