RESIDENTS of Karawab community in the Upper Pomeroon River are calling on the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph company [GT&T] and Digicel to install towers in their community, so they could easily access signals to make calls.According to reports, residents who live in the village, which is located some 75 miles from Charity, have to climb some 20 feet up a tree to make phone calls.
Councillor of the village council, Ms. Shirley Miguel said residents have nailed several pieces of board on a tree in the village cemetery to make a ladder so as to climb to the required height to make phone calls. She said a wooden platform is also built in the tree so residents can stand or sit and make their calls.
According to the councilor, the cemetery has become a hotspot for making phone calls in the night. She said the tree is filled with young people, especially lovers who want to make “special” calls late in the night.She said anyone who wants a phone call- whether young or old- climb the makeshift ladder to the top of the tree. According to the councilor, no one considers the cost or danger of climbing. She said teachers, health workers, students, housewives, farmers, councillors and even pregnant women climb the tree daily to make phone calls.
One teacher of the Karawab primary school said she had climbed the tree while she was eight months pregnant to make a phone call one afternoon. According to the teacher, she badly needed to make the call and didn’t even think about the danger.
Councillor Miguel said the community has a population of some 762 persons. Residents said the GT&T and Digicel companies must be blamed for not looking at their community in terms of phone and internet services. They said in this age of technology why should residents of Karawab have to climb a tree 20 feet high to make phone calls. Residents are calling on the two phone companies to take immediate action to correct the situation. (Rajendra Prabhulall)