The Government intends to strengthen local democratic organs through a number of initiatives and programmes, according to Minister of Local Government Nigel Dharamlall.
During the budget debate today, Mr. Dharamlall said that in many communities and across the townships, there is a need for development and his Ministry will be focusing heavily on ensuring the local government bodies are provided with the resources needed to take care of their communities.
“The subventions to the NDCs will go out, $350 million, and the subventions to the municipalities will also be going out, over $100 million, to enhance services and it will be done equitably and with real supervision and will be done to ensure that lives are enhanced in our villages”, Minister Dharamlall said.
With an oil economy growing, the Local Government Minister said the Regions across Guyana must also be prepared for investment and that too will be a focus of his Ministry in the coming year.
According to Dharamlall, “we will also begin consultation with our regions to ensure that the capacity, capabilities and the different characteristics of those regions are enhanced to attract investments”.
He said there will be a need for focus on job creation in many of the regions as it has been found that many persons are still clamouring for jobs at the regional level.
Under the previous APNU+AFC government, local government elections returned after an absence of more than two decades and four additional towns were established.
Many of the towns across the country have been pressing for a bigger chunk of the budget pie to assist their communities in rolling out various projects.