…PM tells Port Mourant residents
PRIME Minister Moses Nagamootoo on Tuesday met with Corentyne residents at a community meeting held at the Port Mourant Community Centre Ground.
The meeting was held following the Public Day event, which took place at the University of Guyana, Tain Campus. The Prime Minister spoke briefly before fielding questions from those in attendance. In his presentation, he reassured the residents of Port Mourant that the Government is working in the interest of the people, hence the outreach. “The idea is to take the government to the people across the country and listen to you and your concerns, so we can know what is affecting you and be able to better serve you,” he said.
He went on to say that despite what the Opposition is trying to portray, there is no crisis in the country, and that the Coalition Government is working in the best interest of the people by seeking to unite the
country. That said, the Prime Minister noted that the idea is to identify the areas of opportunities and make the government stronger, since the people of the country, through the leadership of President David Granger now have a stronger, stable, honest and clean government. It’s a development, the prime minister said, that is causing the Opposition to get very uneasy, to the extent that they are trying to create panic and to disrupt the smooth running of the country, in the hope of getting back in power.
He warned residents to be wary of this and be the judge for themselves. He noted that the entire world is keenly looking at Guyana, and want stability, because they want to come to Guyana to invest and be part of the transformation that is expected to make this nation one of the wealthiest in the world, and that among the things the government is looking towards in the near future is the offering of free University education to all Guyanese.
Minister Nagamootoo, who is also performing the duties of President, went on to advise the residents that the government has already started, through the Port Mourant Training Centre, to invest in training for jobs in the emerging oil-and-gas sector, and its spin-off businesses. “This is where the focus should be for our youths; not to get them to cut cane,” the prime minister noted, while also advising the residents to go back to their lands and make agriculture a priority, as the demand for food is always there.
After that little talk, the PM fielded several questions, and had his staff make notes for follow-up with the relevant agencies. Among those who raised concerns was a teacher who’d travelled all the way from Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) to have her issue regarding the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) and other education-related matters aired.
After listening attentively to what the teacher had to say, the prime minister remarked that the teacher was very courageous and undertook to have someone from the Ministry of Education look into the matter promptly, as he recognised the importance of teachers and the role they play in helping to mould the children of our nation. The meeting lasted approximately one-and-a-half hours as the PM took time out to listen to each person that had an issue and address their concerns.