By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyan.com] – One day after President David Granger took his oath of office, he initiated a clean-up process that was centered around desilting canals in preparation for the rainy season but that initiative has spawned several other clean up programmes around Georgetown as residents begin to take a proactive approach to the well being of the Garden City.
Throughout last week and into this week several groups and businesses have begun clean up exercises joining the effort to restore Georgetown.
In Bent-Street Wortmanville, a crew of residents on Sunday May 24, cleaned up their drains and parapets in the area.
However on Mandela Avenue, the project was much bigger with a popular businessman enlisting the aid of some residents and beginning a massive clean-up process. Close to thirty persons were observed by iNews cleaning main waterways and painting bridges in the area.
iNews spoke to the businessman who explained that he was inspired by recent clean up action across the city hence he decided to “chip” in and help. No stranger to community projects, the businessman who prefers to remain anonymous said all it took was him calling out the residents and providing them with the requisite tools for the job to get them involved.
He explained that he took it upon himself to buy some tools and materials to get the job done since he says it as a way of giving back to the community. It was pointed out that the group intends to continue cleaning until it reaches the Gymnasium on Mandela Avenue.
In the past the People’s Progressive Party/Civic had commenced clean-up operations but received little to no response from the general public with respect to aid.
On social media, Ephraim Haley pointed out that “citizens of Guyana need to learn to inspire themselves. I’ve never seen such a drive to “clean up” until we experienced a change of government. This clean up drive was present before but a lot of people were of the view that “it ain’t mek sense cause ppl gon litter anyway” So why now, some folks so enthused to clean up? Political points? Good image?”