Zes Kinderen residents urged to take advantage of local democracy
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Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Hon. Valerie Garrido-Lowe addressing residents of Zes Kinderen, Mahaicony.
Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Hon. Valerie Garrido-Lowe addressing residents of Zes Kinderen, Mahaicony.

Zes Kinderen is developing rapidly. This is the view held by the residents of the East Coast of Demerara (ECD) community. They also point to the fact that the establishment of an industrial site and other infrastructural developments will help to create more jobs and boost economic activity in the area.

This was all highlighted at a community engagement hosted by Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Hon. Valerie Garrido-Lowe, on Thursday. During the meeting, residents raised several issues with the view to having them addressed.
Some took the opportunity to express displeasure with how the local authorities are executing their duties. According to the residents, there are drainage issues and roads that need fixing.

A section of the gathering at a community meeting at Zes Kinderen.

Minister Garrido-Lowe noted that local democracy was a priority for the current administration, hence the re-introduction of Local Government Elections (LGE) by the Coalition Government. The system, she noted, is designed to allow residents to carefully select capable persons who they think will best represent them, and, importantly, to hold them accountable when they fail to follow through on their mandates.

Chairman of the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC), Wainright Henry, endorsed the minister’s statement on the subject of local democracy. “A roadmap is being put in place by His Excellency, President Granger where you, as well as I, can have a chance to have a say in relation to what happens, where we go, how we go, and when we go” he said.

Henry noted, too, that all residents must cooperate for development “It is a time when government is saying to you that every single one of us is needed to move this community forward. And, if this community starts moving forward, the region will start moving forward, and if the region moves forward, the country will not stay behind.”

(DPI)

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