$7.1M for rehabilitation of Monkey Mountain bridge, foot trail
Minister of Local Government and Regional Development, Nigel Dharamlall 
Minister of Local Government and Regional Development, Nigel Dharamlall 

THE deplorable bridge and foot trail to Mountain Foot will soon be rehabilitated to the tune of $7.1 million, affording residents of Monkey Mountain and other communities within Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), easy passage through the area.

A disaggregation of the allotted funds for the project show that $3.9million will be used to rehabilitate the bridge and $3.3 million for the foot trail.
Minister of Local Government and Regional Development, Nigel Dharamlall, who was in the community, witnessed the signing of a contract between Toshao of Monkey Mountain, Lincoln Abraham Singh and the regional administration for the impending works.

Toshao of Monkey Mountain, Lincoln Abraham Singh signing the contract for works valued at $7.1 million

Minister Dharamlall was joined by Minister of Amerindian Affairs, Pauline Sukhai and Minister of Health, Dr. Frank Anthony.

Minister Dharamlall said the rehabilitation works would not only enhance residents’ lives but create jobs. This is in keeping with the government’s manifesto promise to create employment and boost the local economy.

“Our government has committed to ensuring that we provide better physical development in different areas in every village, which is why these infrastructural works are set to commence soon.
“I can assure you that more resources for development will come to this community, among others in this Region,” the minister said.

With this said, Minister Dharamlall urged the Toshao to ensure that quality work is delivered to the community. He also encouraged the contractor to make use of local materials for the work.
“We expect quality work from you, but I want to also encourage residents to monitor these works, to make sure it is done in a way that you will be satisfied with,” the minister asserted.

Additionally, Minister Dharamlall committed to employing six more persons as Community Enhancement Workers (CEWs) to ensure that the community’s infrastructure is preserved.
The CEWs work complement’s that of the village council and by extension, the government’s efforts to develop the community and the country as a whole.

The CEWs are managed under the Community Infrastructure Improvement Project (CIIP), which began in 2014. The project’s mandate was changed in 2015 to decentralise resources to the Local Democratic Organs.

The CIIP also enables Neighbourhood Democratic Councils to provide services to communities, and to encourage citizens to pay their rates and taxes to facilitate the development. (DPI)


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