PRESS RELEASE PARTY LEADER’S VISIT TO THE CORENTYNE People’s National Congress Reform Congress Place, Sophia, Georgetown, Guyana. May 17, 2004

The Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Robert Corbin, continued his outreach programme on Sunday 16th May 2004, visiting several areas on the Corentyne, including Rose Hall, Fyrish and Gibraltar. The residents of these areas expressed grave concern over the visibly depressed conditions in their communities and outlined the myriad problems that they have been experiencing.

At Fyrish and Gibraltar, the residents turned out in large numbers and accompanied the Leader as he toured the area and observed the poor state of the physical infrastructure which has directly contributed to the harsh conditions which face the families living there.

At the time of the visit these two villages were inundated with flood waters, which had already resulted in the destruction of small livestock and cash crops on which many residents depended for their livelihood. Many of the persons present were very vocal in their condemnation of the Government’s failure to act on the commitments given in the Communiqué signed by President Jagdeo and the Leader of the Opposition. They pointed out that they had been waiting for several months for the delivery of the drainage pumps, which, if installed, would have averted the existing appalling conditions of flooding.

Many of the residents urged the Leader to continue his efforts on their behalf to bring an end to the perceived discriminatory treatment that they have been receiving from the present Jagdeo Administration.

The lack of drainage facilities in the area had also rendered some seven hundred acres of farmland at the back of the village unusable and this has compounded the serious economic plight of the residents of the community.

Many of the young people in the area complained that they had successfully completed their CXC exams, but could not find gainful employment and were totally frustrated about their future.

The PNCR Leader urged residents not to lose hope and encouraged them to organize themselves for joint Community action. He also undertook to continue his representation on their behalf with respect to the very serious problems that they had brought to his attention.

At Corriverton and Rose Hall, a number of key Party activists met with the Leader to discuss various issues affecting them and were in turn briefed on the present strategy of the PNCR. The Party Leader, who was accompanied by Executive Member Ms. Amna Ally, M.P., Regional Chairman Mr. Nazir Ally, M.P. and other senior Regional Officials, also brought the Party members up to date on the latest developments in the Gajraj affair and the Party’s programme for the immediate period ahead.

The Leader and Mrs. Corbin had, earlier in the day, attended the opening ceremony of the Khalid Complex at No. 74 Village. This function had drawn a large gathering of Muslins, including participants from various regions of Guyana. The Complex is earmarked to provide primary, secondary and religious education to Muslim youth from various areas in Guyana.

People’s National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia,
Georgetown, Guyana.
May 17, 2004