Minister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon, on Friday, met with representatives from several ministries and government agencies to discuss a multi-stakeholder approach towards the completion of a developmental plan for the Mocha Arcadia Community, according to GINA.
Dr. Richard Van West Charles, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI), Mr. Frederick Flatts, CEO of the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) – Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. Leon Castello, Personal Assistant to Minister within the ministry of Public Infrastructure, Ms. Annette Ferguson and Mr. Victor Wilson, Mocha resident and Adviser to the community, attended the meeting at the Ministry of the Presidency.
GINA reported that the meeting is a follow-up on issues relayed to the Minister, earlier this month, when he met with some Mocha residents, including the Chairman of the Neighbourhood Democratic Council.
Minister Harmon noted that despite the hardships Mocha has persevered and the meeting “aims to co-ordinate work in a small community where we can help to make an impact on issues affecting residents.”
He specifically asked the meeting to identify projects that can be extracted from plans that have already been catered for in their budget to draft a community development plan for Mocha.
The Minister noted that the community was challenged by land distribution and land use issues, electricity and water woes and dilapidated roads. However, he pointed out that the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission is already addressing the matters related to land issues.