PRESS RELEASE People’s National Congress Reform Congress Place, Sophia, Georgetown, Guyana. Thursday, July 1, 2004

The Leader of the People’s National Congress Reform, Mr. Robert Corbin continued his countrywide outreach exercise by visiting Bartica in Region # 7 on Wednesday, June 30, 2004,

He was accompanied by CEC Member Ms. Amna Ally, MP, GYSM representative Ms. Tiriana Bisnauth, Central Executive Member, Mr. George Moore, Regional Chairman, Mr. Gordon Bradford and Regional MP, Ms. Judith David.

During the visit, the Party visited the one to five miles areas on the Bartica/ Potaro Road discussing several issues of concern to the residents in these areas.

Among the many problems raised by the residents were, the deplorable state of the road; the high cost of transportation due to the increased mini bus fares; the failure of the Ministry of Housing to distribute titles as promised; the absence of infrastructure in the new housing area which prevented persons who were allocated house lots from constructing their homes; and the failure of the Government to keep its promise to provide infrastructure in this area. The young people were particularly concerned about the absence of any recreational facility and requested assistance in the identification of a suitable playground in the area.

The Opposition Leader discussed with the residents the manner in which these problems can be resolved and gave advice to the residents.

Regional Chairman, Mr. Gordon Bradford pointed out to the residents that the delay in carrying out certain repair works to the road was due to the late passage of the National Budget and a further delay in the release of funds which came at a time when the heavy rainy season had already begun. He explained that all the Region could do at this time was to stock-pile building materials and he promised that work would commence as soon as the rainy season was over.

He advised residents, however, not to have too many high expectations because the limited funds approved by the Central Government were inadequate to cope with the present needs.

The Party Leader concluded his visit to the area with a Community Meeting at the St. John the Baptist Primary School, which was attended by a large gathering. At the meeting, the Leader of the PNCR, after listening to the issues raised by the residents, brought them up to date with current developments in Guyana and urged them not to lose faith in their country but to continue steadfastly working to change our present state of governance in Guyana.

People’s National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia,
Georgetown, Guyana.
Thursday, July 1, 2004