Armogan lauds benefits to Region Six within Ali administration’s first 100 days
In the first 100 days since taking office, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) administration has been able to bring significant relief to many suffering Guyanese. This is according to Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) Chairman David Armogan.
Commenting on Government’s first 100 days in office, Armogan praised several of the measures that were implemented, including the removal of taxes on machinery and equipment used in the agricultural sector, which now makes them accessible at a cheaper cost.
Armogan told this publication that the agricultural sector is likely to become more productive.
The Chairman also pointed out incentives for persons in the manufacturing sector as being one of the highlights during the first 100 days in office.
The Regional Chairman said he is very pleased with the current administration’s first 100 days, noting that the PPP/C Government came into office under difficult circumstances, and had to face a lot of issues regarding the elections, the economy, and the high rate of unemployment.
“People were on the verge of starvation in some areas, with many other economic problems, but since we came into Government, we have sorted some of these problems out in just 100 days. The economy has virtually bounced back to some extent, whereby we have started the reopening of the sugar estates, and so some level of employment has already taken place at those three estates. So, immediately (government) has been creating jobs where the estates were shut down,” he stated.
According to Armogan, the reduction of some taxes and the removal of others also highlight the Government’s first 100 days in office.
“As you know, the last [APNU/AFC] Government increased some of these taxes to astronomical levels, so we were able to bring that down. We were also able to liberalise the Telecommunications Sector after many years. So, hopefully, with competition and more persons coming into the sector, we will be able to get a cheaper service and a better service,” the Chairman said.
The Chairman also commented on the restoration of the cash grant for school children and the COVID-19 cash relief of $25,000 implemented by the Government.
“That [is being] given to every household in our country. That has helped a long way. I have seen people, almost immediately upon collecting the $25,000, went to the supermarket and were able to buy things that they need for their homes,” he said.
Armogan went on to say that Government Ministers have also taken a hands-on approach, and have been making frequent visits to communities countrywide.
“Some people have never seen Government Ministers under the last Government, and our Ministers have been extremely visible, because, almost on a daily basis, some of our Ministers have been going around to the various communities to look at issues and problems and try to solve them,” he added.
The Regional Chairman said that, already, Agriculture Minister Zulfikar Mustapha has had several outreaches in Region Six, and has visited all of the agricultural communities there since taking office.
Mention was also made of both Local Government and Regional Development Ministers Nigel Dharamlall and Anand Persaud.
Several other Government Ministers have also visited the East Berbice-Corentyne Region during the Government’s first 100 days in office.
He added that President Ali himself has made two visits to the region, and is expected to be back in the Region on Friday.
“I think (that) in the first 100 days, the President has done an excellent job, and so we can look forward to that kind of progress over the next five years from this President. Also, we have our Vice President, who is a man of great vision, and he is expected to play a major role in the development of our country. He has foresight and vision, and perhaps he is ranked as one of the best politicians and economists in the Caribbean region.
So, I am certain that with his guidance and the performance of our President, and the work of all of the Ministers put together, I think this country will become prosperous once again, one which the entire Caribbean look up to, and I am sure that the people will have a better life in this country in the years coming,” Armogan posited.