[www.inewsguyana.com] – Presidential Candidate for the A Partnership For National Unity/ Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC0 coalition, David Granger has promised residents of the Barima-Waini Region One that should the APNU/AFC coalition take office after May 11, the region’s energy woes would be addressed.
Granger was at the time on a campaign trip to the region and was accompanied APNU members Dr. George Norton, Winston Felix, Rennita Williams and Richard Allen.
“Energy is the midwife of enterprise and economic development,” Granger said as he pointed out that without cheap, renewable energy the residents of the Region would not be able to become efficient farmers, agro-processors, manufacturers, traders and exporters.”
He said for a region that is four times the size of Trinidad and Tobago, it is unimaginable that residents of Mabaruma, its administrative centre, should receive only five hours of electricity daily. Granger promised that an APNU-AFC government would work towards providing the region with electricity “24/7”.
An APNU-AFC government, he said, will invest in wind, solar and hydro-electric power and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.
Granger said that the retention of the aging ‘Lady Northcote’ and MV Kimbia ferries to service the entire region was holding back commerce and development.
He underscored that a new administration would increase investment in infrastructure, particularly roads and bridges, energy, education, and agro-processing.
“Every region…must have a regional agricultural institute and a regional technical institute to prepare young adults to embark of satisfying careers that would make them financially independent while developing the economy of the region.”