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Mabaruma, Port Kaituma to benefit from all-weather roads for first time

Several communities in Mabaruma and Port Kaituma will get all weather roads for the first time. Minister of State Joseph Harmon today, revealed that Cabinet has granted its approval for the award of contracts for the rehabilitation of six lots of all-weather roads in Mabaruma and Port Kaituma in Region One.

During a post-Cabinet briefing today, at the Ministry of Presidency, Minister Harmon explained that the road works are important and urgent. He noted that during several Ministerial visits to sub-region one and two in Region One, the residents had voiced their concerns about the poor quality of roads in Mabaruma and Port Kaituma.

The Minister of State indicated that Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson has undertaken to visit and witness the works to be undertaken. “We expect that once infrastructure is put into a community, the community should help in protecting it because they are the ones who are inconvenienced when they are damaged or improperly used,” Minister Harmon was quoted by the Government Information Agency (GINA) as saying.

The Central Kaituma wharf road to old road junction, Port Kaituma will be rehabilitated under Lot one for the sum of $51M. Under Lot two, phase two, the Port Kaituma to Matthews Ridge section will be repaired to the tune of $334M.  Lot three will cater for Central Kaituma catwalk road to Oronoque, Port Kaituma for $16M while under Lot 4, the Port Kaituma road from airstrip to Fitzburg Housing Scheme will be completed at a cost of $213M.

The Kumaka junction to the waterfront by the market road area in Mabaruma will be rehabilitated under Lot five for the sum of $66M while the Mabaruma main township road to airstrip road will be rehabilitated under Lot six for $2M.

In a recent interview with the Government information Agency (GINA), Minister within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Annette Ferguson had said that those roads are expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

The scope of works will see full rehabilitation of the roads using laterite, construction of culverts and auxiliary road works. “Majority of those roads are laterite roads so we would be using the laterite material along with a stabilised material so those are the materials that would be used to construct or repair the roads in those areas,” the Minister had explained.

Funding for these works is catered for in the 2017 budget under hinterland expenditure. A total of $2.302B was allocated for the continuation of road rehabilitation and construction in the hinterland

  • Ashwan Singh

    Jagdeo doesn’t have to give Indo-Guyanese rice. They are the producers of rice, a skill they brought with them from India thankfully. They produce other sustenance along with the Amerindian people and so feed Guyana. The Amerindian people have their paiwari and the Indo Guyanese and Amerindians have sustained Guyana and built it from time immemorial, both of these two imminent human races have contributed immensely to the sustenance of Guyana, which used to be the bread basket of the Caribbean, before the PNC got their incompetent, corrupt tentacles on the reins of our country between 1964 and to 1992.

    Roads don’t last for 23 years.They have to be maintained or they will disintegrate as anything else. Make some sense for God’s sake so we can have a sensible debate about this !!

    • Fedup / GT

      YOUR UTTERANCE IS NOTHING ELSE BUT HOGWASH.
      GO LECTURE TO ILLITERATE’S LIKE YOURSELF, I KNOW MY HISTORY.
      BLACKS WENT TO GUYANA IN CHAINS AGAINST THEIR WILL TO WORK FOR FREE WHEREAS YOUR FOREPARENTS WALK HAPPILY WITH THEIR SUITCASES ON SHIPS TO WORK FOR A SALARY.
      BLACKS WERE ALREADY THERE 200 PLUS YEARS SLAVING AND PUTTING DOWN INFUSTRUCTURE THAT YOU PEOPLE CAME TO INHERIT.
      BLACKS WERE BUILDING ROADS, CANALS ETC ETC .