Press Release – Minister Trotman visits Kwakwani

-Examines maintenance works on Linden/Ituni/Kwakwani road
-Inspect Kwakwani Workers club

Saturday, September 22, 2018

The Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman today visited the Region ten (10) community of Kwakwani to inspect the Workers Club’ which is scheduled for rehabilitation and to examine the ongoing maintenance works on the Linden/Ituni/Kwakwani road.

Prior to the roadworks which began in June, travel took two to five hours from Linden to Kwakwani; however, the Minister’s trip, based on the time recorded was one hour and fifteen minutes (1hr 15mins).  Minister Trotman noted his satisfaction with the works done so far, while residents also expressed same, thanking the Ministry for its support towards the community.

In May 2018, the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission through the Ministry of Natural Resources awarded contracts for the repairs to the road at a cost of $239.7M. The works include ditching, excavating, section repairs of soft spots and filling with laterite. These works benefit the two communities on either side, including the residents of Ituni and Aroaima.

Regarding the rehabilitation and refurbishing of the Workers Club, the Minister met with managing staff of the facility and was given a tour.

The Workers Club is said to have been established since the 1950’s and currently needs major upgrades. Upon inspection, the Minister and staff concluded that the agreed works to be done would include the changing of the floorboards, fixture to the roof, windows, doors, pavilion, male and female sanitary areas, bar and kitchen areas along with an overall facelift of the building.

Minister Trotman said “This is a long overdue promise, and we’re here to begin its fulfilment. We want to brighten this club and make it user-friendly so that it can cater for various community activities”

Rehabilitation works will begin upon the submission and deliberation of a drafted plan for the club.

The Minister also took the time after inspection to donate school supplies to children of the community. He then paid a visit to the Guyana Forestry Commission’s Kwakwani Forest Station where he was briefed on updates of their operations, and some of their major needs. Minister Trotman encouraged them to continue working diligently and offered his assistance based on their efforts towards their work and maintaining their work environs.

Minister speaks with Region 10 Vice chairman Elroy Adolph

Minister Trotman engaging with residents

Minister Trotman speaks with Hector Mendonca and Leroy Saul

Minister Trotman inspects the building

Minister speaks with Region 10 Vice chairman Elroy Adolph

Side view of the facility

Bar area of the club

An inside view of the club

A view of the Kwakwani workers club

Inside view of the club

Front view of the workers club

Minister engages with forest station staff during an inspection of their surroundings

Minister conducting external assessment of the building

Minister Trotman listens to the concern of Kwakwani Forest Station staff

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