[www.inewsguyana.com] – Come April 23, 2016 Bartica will attain the status of township in keeping with a promise made by President David Granger during his election campaign, and also in keeping with an ordinance made by the British government some 178 years ago.
The Head of State made the announcement during a public meeting at the Bartica Secondary School on Sunday, June 21. Minister of Public Health, Dr. George Norton and Minister within the Ministry of Social Protection Simona Broomes were also present at the meeting.
“I made a promise when I was campaigning and I promised that Bartica will become a town before the 26 May, 2016, the 50th Independence anniversary, in fact Bartica will be a town on the 23rd April 2016.”
Speaking to the significance of the date set, the President told the gathering that it was on April 23, 178 years ago that the ordinance was made by the colonial government and his government will make that ordinance into a reality.
Speculating that April 23 may coincide with the Easter Regatta celebration, the President called on all to come out and celebrate the township and show solidarity for the community moving forward.
However, moving forward the President charged the residents to make the necessary preparation for township status as he called on them to make Bartica the “first green town”.
“I would like you to use the next ten months to make Bartica the most beautiful town in the entire country. There are economic reasons, there are health reasons for that, there are political, social and cultural reasons for that.”
President Granger pointed out that making Bartica a “green town” is important so that when persons visit everything should reflect Guyana’s pristine hinterland region.
“…By a green town I mean that you must look at your energy, stop bringing in diesel and gasoline, let us use wind and sun power…but we have to adopt green energy and Bartica must be Guyana’s first green town.”
To this end, the President said the use of Styrofoam and plastic must be minimised while much attention should be given to proper solid waste disposal.
Meanwhile the residents were also encouraged to get involved in cleaning up their surroundings and beautifying the environs as they prepare for township status. The Head of State said a collective effort would be needed to bring Bartica to what it should be as a town in every aspect.
Also at the meeting, residents were afforded the opportunity to raise some of their concerns which includes the urgent need for a proper waste disposal site and the delay of the requisite permit for a crematorium.
Residents of Karrau raised some concern over land distribution in the village and called for a thorough investigation and audit into the Village Council activities. The President gave this undertaking and noted that several other Amerindian villages have been calling for same. [Extracted and modified from GINA]