Local Govt Minister says rehabilitation of City’s infrastructure underway

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Minister of Local Government and Regional Development Nigel Dharamlall

Minister of Local Government and Regional Development, Nigel Dharamlall has said the rehabilitation of Georgetown’s public infrastructure has begun.

The Minister made this statement during an interview on the sidelines of the swearing-in ceremony for regional officials hosted at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre (ACCC) on Monday.

President Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali, had mandated an Inter-Ministerial Task Force to focus specifically on Georgetown’s enhancement. It comprises the Ministries of Agriculture, Home Affairs, Public Works and Local Government.

“We’ve done quite a lot of work already. We did a reconnaissance survey of what the gaps are in Georgetown…Through the Ministries of Agriculture and Public Works, we have already started [drainage and irrigation] management and some road maintenance,” Minister Dharamlall was quoted by DPI as saying.

While the Minister has had productive discussions with the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC), he called on the Mayor, His Worship, Ubraj Narine to show the same energy he displayed during the APNU+AFC Administration.

In moving forward, the Minister explained that the Local Government Commission would be restored to handle administrative issues within City Hall effectively.

Additionally, he stressed the importance of each town conducting yearly audits since “billions of dollars were accrued in the last few years and we [the Local Government Ministry] would like to see whether the resources were spent prudently or using the procurement process.”