HUNDREDS of Mabaruma residents have expressed their appreciation to Attorney General Basil Williams for the developments in the town over the past three years.
The minister, who hosted an Anti-Corruption Sensitisation Seminar in the town, took the opportunity to visit the six constituencies to meet, greet and interact with the residents.
Mabaruma is the capital town of Region one (Barima-Waini).
Speaking with the attorney general, residents of the sparsely populated town noted their happiness with the rate of progress in the township.
One resident, who identified himself as “Trevor”, told Guyana Chronicle that little to no attention was paid to Mabaruma under the previous administration.
He said since the APNU/AFC coalition assumed office, there was an immediate change.
“We have lights, we have water, and we have roads to walk and drive on. We have better health services, ambulance, all kinda thing. School bus to carry we children to school for free, we never had all these things before. And that’s just some of the things I remember off the top of my head, but a lot of other developments we had in Mabaruma,” the man said.
Williams told the residents that the government’s plans are nowhere near conclusion as there are many more projects in store for the town to realise the “good life” for all its residents.
Williams also visited the North West Secondary School and encouraged students there to study hard to do well in their examinations.
From North West Secondary School, the attorney general visited Barabina Primary and promised to provide sports gear for football and cricket.
He also made an appearance at the Mabaruma Radio station and gave an update on the status of the no-confidence motion and what is happening within Central Government.
Following his visit, the minister told Guyana Chronicle that the trip was long overdue and he was happy with the welcoming, upbeat and positive response from the residents. He said similar visits are scheduled for other communities to preserve the confidence in the people and ensure they are sensitised on legislations.
Mabaruma is located close to the Aruka River (the Venezuelan border) on a narrow plateau above the surrounding rainforest at an elevation of 13 metres.
It replaced Morawhanna as the regional capital after the former was deemed a flood-risk. Mainly Amerindians live in this area. Some of the tribes include Arawaks, Caribs and Warao. Their main economic activities are fishing and farming.