Residents of Potaro-Siparuni, Region Eight will soon benefit from improved infrastructure as the Regional Administration will embark on several major developmental projects. These include upgrades, repairs and construction of new and existing infrastructure.
The Region’s main administrative centre, Mahdia is slated to become a town later this year.
Region Eight’s Deputy Regional Executive Officer (DREO), Gavin Gounga, was quoted by GINA as saying; “we are doing roads, buildings for the health sector, building for the admin (administrative staff); we are putting extension to our secondary schools and also repairs to our health posts, and building new health facilities around the region.”
In addition to these new projects, several roll-over infrastructural works will be completed. These include the G$700M Mahdia internal road project.
“We have the Tumong Bridge, North Pakaraimas, a school at Micobie, starting shortly and a few roads. The roads around Mahdia, are a roll-over project that is from the National Tender Board which is over G$700M to do the internal roads of Mahdia…(this) is to commence shortly,” Gounga explained.
According to GINA, these projects are being funded through a budgetary allocation of approximately G$1.4B.
Region Eight is primarily known for its mining activities, but will be moving into agriculture through a budgetary allocation for agriculture diversification to the tune of G$33.4 million.
Irish potatoes, rice and tomatoes are some of the crops residents will be cultivating shortly.