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Port Kaituma residents protest poor roads, bad local governance

Port Kaituma residents vented their frustration outside the Neighbourhood Democratic Council's Office.

Port Kaituma residents vented their frustration outside the Neighbourhood Democratic Council’s Office.

After a second straight day of protest by residents of Port Kaituma against deplorable roads and deteriorated local governance,  government has reportedly pledged GYD$7 million to fix the major thoroughfares.

Executive Officer of Region One-(Barima Waini)-Leslie Wilburg told Demerara Waves Online News that he was unaware of the financing that has been reportedly pledged by Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan.

Wilburg said major repairs would not be possible until the rainy season ends. “I don’t think anything can be done now because of the weather,” he said.

Bulkan could not be reached for comment, but a usually reliable source said he communicated his offer to one of the community leaders at Port Kaituma.

Residents on Wednesday again blocked one of the roads with beverage cases and tyres to highlight its very poor condition and later protested outside the Neighbourhood Democratic Council to press their demands for the resignation of the Overseer. They alleged that the Overseer was not using the resources properly and was not working.

port_kaiplacWhen the residents resumed protest on the Citrus Grove “Floor Road,” they outnumbered the police who tried desperately to persuade them to stop blocking the road. Placards read, among other slogans, “New government, new road, new overseer,” “Shame on the NDC (Neighbourhood Democratic Council) and RDC (Regional Democratic Council). We need help with our roads urgently” and “Overseer must spend the toll money on our roads, not on name brand boots and touch-screen phones.”

Sources said the protest was called off only after the Minister of Communities committed to spend GYD$7 million on urgent repairs.

The REO said he would be meeting residents next Tuesday to address residents’ concerns about claims of poor governance by the NDC.

  • george wiltshire

    how long was this road this way? Did the council not engage the Central Govt about capital projects? How many roads did they put on the list ? Did they prepare a three year budget?

  • Gtloyal

    Since the barama company left back in the nineties the Port Kaituma roads have never received proper maintenance. The tolls collected can go a far way in maintaining them but as everyone in Kaituma would tell you, it goes into the pockets of those in charge … and that is nothing new. It has been going on since paying tolls was implemented.
    And to Mr Wilbur: get off your arse and get things in place so that when the sun comes you will be ready. The roads to M. Ridge, to Arakaka and surrounding communities are all in deplorable conditions. You know that these places have been neglected for decades because of the political inclination and voting tendencies of the people. To Wauna it is the same. Its time to see some changes. Don’t be subject to the tyranny of “how things have always been done”. Find your true north and push past the default.
    The RDC is PPP and will do nothing to solve the problems of the people. Orders from above tells RC Sir Patrick to do the opposite. He will not step out of his comfort zone nor would he disobey those orders from FH.