The Regional Chairman of Region 10, Sharma Solomon has expressed his concern about what he considers the Government’s “foot-dragging” on many of the agreements that were entered into following the over one month of protest action in the mining town of Linden back in 2012.
Now, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce & Industry (GCCI) is urging the government “to mount a formal investigation into the allegations made by the Regional Democratic Council Chairman of Region 10 that the committees established under the agreement that brought an end to the Linden protests in 2012 are nonfunctional and have achieved little to date”.
The Commission said a probe is necessary to ascertain whether there is any merit to the accusations and for the necessary actions to be taken to ensure that the agreement is implemented according to the agreed terms and avoid a recurrence of 2012.
“The Linden protests were one of the most significant national crisis in Guyana’s recent history. The nation remembers the damage done to the physical infrastructure in Linden and also the blocking of the bridge that serves as a main artery and passage to other regions of Guyana, including, those areas that are considered home to a significant fraction of the nation’s extractive and gold mining communities”, the GCCI said in its statement.
According to the body, several businesses were affected during the protest and it was a relief when the Government and the people of Linden reached an agreement that brought an end to the weeks of protest action.
That agreement saw the setting up of several committees to examine issues of concern to Lindeners and covered areas that included the state of the town’s economy and its access to media.
The Georgetown Chamber of Commerce said it will continue to monitor the developments and occurrences in Region 10 and sustain its role as “an impartial broker in a potentially volatile process”.
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