One of Guyana’s newest towns, Bartica, now has its own radio station and residents in the gold mining township are excited about the move.
Radio Bartica 95.1FM was switched on yesterday by President David Granger and Prime Minister Moses Nagamotoo.
It marked another move by the Government through the National Communications Network to take more radio to the people in its quest to ensure citizen’s voices are heard and they hear from their leaders.
During the launching, President David Granger charged the residents of Cuyuni-Mazaruni (Region Seven) to ensure that the voice of every citizen is heard. He said that as the station comes into operation, its operation and content should reflect access for every citizen, appeal to every member of society, raise awareness on important social issues.
“We are interested in communicating with people where they live and work and we have to be realistic. We fought hard for Local Government Elections and when we speak about regionalism, we speak about empowerment at the local level and March 2016 was the turning point for development in this country. The people had no say in how the community was administered. Development has been hampered because of the failure to involve the ordinary people, because of the lack of information, investment, infrastructure and innovation. Without information, there will be no development and that is why we have placed special importance on the public information system. We are developing public information to achieve certain specific targets. It is not a sideshow. It is central to development,” the President said.
The President also said that every individual hired to work at the radio station must exhibit a sense of responsibility and respect for ethic and integrity as he noted that the public information systems are not organs for the spreading of propaganda but rather a medium for objective discourse and communication.
Meanwhile, Regional Chairman, Gordon Bradford said that it is a historic day for the region and town. The Government, he said, must be praised for the initiative as it is a dream come through for the town.
“Today we are commissioning Radio Bartica and this will definitely bring tremendous benefits to our Region and our Town. I expect that every department will make the best out of this radio station. All of us stand to benefit from this radio station. This is a dream come through. We thought that the day would have never come but now we are witnessing what has become reality in Cuyuni-Mazaruni,” he said.
Coordinator, Dr. Rovin Deodat said that the new Government, after taking office realised that the communications system in Guyana was confined to the coastland. Wanting to give every citizen the opportunity to hear and have their voices heard, they decided to embark on the project to put radio stations in the four towns, Mabaruma, Mahdia, Lethem and Bartica.