Residents of Essequibo, Region Two yesterday left the Regional Democratic Council’s office pleased after a meeting with Minister within the Ministry of Communities Valerie Adams-Yearwood. The Minister and a team from the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) visited Pomeroon-Supenaam area in Region Two and distributed 23 house lots to the residents.
Seventy four year old Clothilda Benn of Charity was one of those fortunate to receive a plot of land. The delighted Benn who is a pensioner explained that “I applied for a house lot years, years, years ago. I was given one, they took it back from me, I was given another one, they took it back and sold it to somebody and now they give me one in Onderneeming… I do not mind, so I feel it is good that they are here to get things cleared up.”
Minister Valerie Adams-Yearwood signing off on an application to issue a house lot to one of the residents.
Dawn Marks also expressed her appreciation after receiving her plot of land. She said “right now I am living on government reserve for so many years and I glad to get the land. Since 1978 I have been living on government reserve, I made all my children there and now that I am 55 years of age, I am glad to know that I get a land of my own.”
Minister Adams-Yearwood said she was happy to be able to serve the people of Essequibo, and believes that the persons who attended the meeting left feeling satisfied. The Minister indicated that a number of persons were successful in receiving house lots even though they only applied yesterday at the meeting.
“I am not going to come here with house lots available for allocation and go back with it because somebody only applied today. What I did was I dealt with those who had applications from previous years, and when that number was satisfied, the persons who applied today or earlier in 2017, they also benefitted and I think that is a big plus” the Minister said.
The visit to the region the Minister explained was due to the dismissal of the Regional Housing Officer, who it was found had sold house lots and provided residents with false receipts.
This she said left many residents almost helpless as they could not get housing issues resolved. According to the Minister, the assistant RHO will also be investigated when she returns from annual leave.
However, Minister Adams-Yearwood indicated that a team from the CH&PA will be visiting the Region on a weekly basis to address housing issues. These include land titles and transports, squatting, new applicants among other matters. The next regions to benefit from such activities by the CH&PA are Regions One, Six and Seven.
CH&PA staff assisting a Resident with his matter.
Seventy-Four year old Clothilda Benn.