Presidential Candidate Brigadier David Granger promised residents of the Barima-Waini Region (Region No. 1) that the incoming A Partnership for National Unity-Alliance For Change (APNU-AFC) coalition administration will address the regions chronic electricity supply problem.
Brigadier Granger, remarking that “energy is the midwife of enterprise and economic development,” pointed out that that without cheap, renewable energy the residents of the Region would not be able to become efficient farmers, agro-processors, manufacturers, traders and exporters.
He said that, for a region that is four times the size of Trinidad and Tobago, it is unimaginable that residents of Mabaruma, its administrative centre, should receive only five hours of electricity daily. Brigadier Granger promised that an APNU-AFC government would work towards providing the region with electricity “24/7”. An APNU-AFC government, he said, will invest in wind, solar and hydro-electric power and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.
Brigadier Granger said that the retention of the aging ‘Lady Northcote’ and MV Kimbia ferries to service the entire region was holding back commerce and development. He promised increased investment in infrastructure, particularly roads and bridges, energy, education, and agro-processing. Every region, he said, must have a regional agricultural institute and a regional technical institute to prepare young adults to embark of satisfying careers that would make them financially independent while developing the economy of the region.
Brigadier Granger was accompanied by APNU parliamentarians Dr. George Norton, Mr. Winston Felix and Ms. Rennita Williams and former parliamentarian Mr. Richard Allen.