Leader of the People’s National Congress Reform, Brigadier David Granger has encouraged Party members in the Mahaica-Berbice Region to strengthen local democracy in order to improve their livelihood. This was during his visit to the region on Thursday 16th August 2012 where he held a meeting with residents and Party members.

Brigadier Granger heard comments and complaints from residents about unsatisfactory drainage and irrigation, poor infrastructure, youth unemployment, land tenure and shrinking economic opportunities, especially in crop farming and animal husbandry, in the Region.

Brigadier Granger told villagers gathered in Calcutta that part of the solution to some of their problems lay in intensifying their participation in the neighbourhood democratic councils. These, unfortunately, were now being dismantled by the People’s Progressive Party/Civic administration. He said that the Party had to be ready to fortify grass-roots democracy by playing a greater role in local government nationwide. “All politics is local,” he said, emphasising that may of the matters villagers raised had to be resolved within the region itself.

Brigadier Granger also encouraged members to be proud of their Party and its accomplishments while in office. He reminded villagers that it was the PNC while in Government that had reconstructed the coastal and Soesdyke-Linden highway system, sea defences, river bridges on the Canje and Demerara, international airport at Timehri, Mahaica-Mahaicony-Abary agricultural development scheme, University of Guyana Turkeyen Campus and other infrastructural projects to provide a good life for all Guyanese.

The PNCR Leader iterated the Party’s absolute commitment to ensuring equality for all and protecting citizens’ fundamental rights, calling to mind the ongoing brutish treatment of Lindeners at the hands of the PPP/C Administration and the Police Force. He promised to work towards improving the Party’s relations with trade unions and promoting inclusionary democracy in A Partnership for National Unity.

Brigadier Granger’s party included Party Chairman, Mr. Basil Williams, MP, Mr. Winston Felix, MP and Ms. Jennifer Wade, MP.