[www.inewsguyana.com] – The opposition coalition, A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance for Change (APNU+AFC) says it will make way for a Passport Office in the ancient county should it be elected to govern in the upcoming elections.
Addressing hundreds at a women’s rally at Manchester, Corentyne on Monday, May 04, Sita Nagamootoo, the wife of the Party’s Prime Ministerial Candidate Moses Nagamootoo, stated that the Party has noted the hassle endured by Berbicians and that an APNU+AFC led government will set up an Immigration Office in the region.
“It is time to stop running around for passports, birth certificates and our useful information. A government, under the APNU+AFC, will offer an office right here to serve you,” she said to roaring crowd.
Over the years, the calls for decentralizing of passport issuing at this office have been numerous and the Berbicians present at the women’s rally welcomed the intended move on the Opposition’s part.
At present, passport issuing has been completely centralized in the city as is the case with a range of other vital services. On a daily basis, passport applicants pour through the gates at the Central Immigration Office on Camp Road, Georgetown.
The complaints from countless citizens coming from far-flung outposts have been many. Vocal among them are Berbicians who have often lashed out at the process involved in acquiring new passports or even renewing their old.
Time and time again, they have outlined as unfair the fact that they would normally have to spend significant sums of cash on transportation and sometimes accommodation just to be able to acquire the travel document.
As is customary, they have to travel for hours and despite efforts to cop a “good space” before the door of the Immigration Office are opened, they are usually met with long lines, much to their dismay.
Also in her address, Nagamootoo reached out to the women folk of Berbice and reminded them of the reality facing women across the country. “Better must come” she told the women folk beckoning them to come onboard the “unity train.”
“My sisters, we know what to expect if [President Donald] Ramotar is reelected ‘one slapping and stripping of our women.’ It is a shame that Ramotar is sorry for Bheri, his Minister: the abuser, and not the woman victim, Sherlina Nageer,” Nagamootoo said, adding that an APNU+AFC led government will not stand for violence against women.
She reiterated the coalition’s promises for at least 10% raises in pay for the public servants as well as the old age pension within 100 days of assuming office. Nagamootoo told the women folk that should the coalition be handed the reins of power, workers earning below $75,000 will not pay income tax.
The coalition’s plan to slash the Berbice bridge toll in half, as well as efforts to fight against violent crimes, were also discussed by Mrs Nagamootoo.