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“We are not enemies” – Granger promises equal resources for Towns

Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan; President David Granger and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo with the recently-elected mayors of Guyana's nine towns.

Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan; President David Granger and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo with the recently-elected mayors of Guyana’s nine towns.

With the swearing in of the Mayors and Deputy Mayors of the nine towns in Guyana, President David Granger has affirmed that there will be no show of favouritism on the part of central government because a particular political party may have won the municipality.

Granger made the comment on the heels of growing concern about whether the scales would be tipped in favour of towns that are controlled by APNU+AFC.

The President stated that all three levels of government, local, regional, and central, must work together to ensure the development of Guyana as a country.

“When I swear you in I don’t see PPP, I don’t see APNU+AFC I don’t see independents I see people who have taken this challenge to serve,” the President declared.

He urged the Local Government officials to chart a path forward that would see the development of their regions and communities.

“We believe that these huge regions could only be developed if they are driven by the engines of strong town,” he said later adding “there’s work to do, banks to be built lights to be provided, roads to be fixed.”

“The municipal central and regional government levels; we have to work together to develop our country we are not enemies,” Granger added.

Meanwhile, Rabindranauth Mohan, Mayor of Anna Regina stated that he has some amount of trust in the statement made by the President.

“I am taking the President’s words for granted that he will treat all towns equally and most of the townships are stranded for cash because the current revenue base for the townships. Particularly most of them outside of Georgetown, have low money and as a result of that it affects the work of the council greatly,” said the new Mayor.

He stressed that there are many things the council would want to see done but these of course need revenue.

Corriverton Mayor, Ganesh Gangadin said that he is pleased with the formal commitment given by the President.

“We are working with that commitment…he has formally committed to us that resources will be equally distributed,” said Gangadin.

He said the help of central government would be pivotal to the undertaking of several transformational projects.

“We have some very long term and very ambition plans which will definitely require help from central government,” the Mayor stated.

The opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) won control of Anna Regina, Rose Hall and Corriverton, while A Partnership for National Unity+ Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) coalition was victorious in Georgetown, New Amsterdam, Linden, Bartica and Lethem. There was a tie in Mabaruma and when the PPPC Councillors walked out, APNU+AFC’s nominee for mayor was voted into office for that town.

Local Government Elections were held last month for the first time since 1994.

  • Emile_Mervin

    For some strange reason, perhaps because Harmon is not in this picture above, I believe Granger has no choice but to keep his word to all local government administrations.

    • rs dasai

      Emile
      We all have and make choices. The President has chosen impartiality.

      • Emile_Mervin

        This is the same President who said, days before local government elections, folks should vote for coalition representatives because these elected representatives will have connections to Central Government to get things like roads, schools and houses done in communities. This is the same President pushed inclusivity. Do you know all seven seats on the Georgetown City Council Finance Committee went to coalition folks? Look, I want to believe in Granger. Seriously! If only for the sake of Guyanese.

        • rudeo

          Nail struck on its head bro…..

    • KassemB

      ‘ because Harmon is not in this picture above’
      Where is he then?
      below ground level?

  • Col123

    The Pres. should stay away from any negative phrases in his speech ..I did not see any push to the future with goals , mutual projects..He need to point out expectations from these folks and raise the bar for governing .

    • Gtloyal

      What would you have opined had he said the opposite? Those are two quite positive statements, albeit constructed with negative verbs.
      Seeing things Col123?

      • Col123

        Gt: It is a smart thing to refer to/introduce an ex girlfriend as a friend..not as an ex…politicians know how to use words covered with honey..The Pres. did well outlining expectations..

  • george wiltshire

    Well try believing the pppc . Look at their attitude and you will see who is negative and who is being positive.

  • KassemB

    ‘We are not enemies’
    Except for Mabaruma town council