Since returning to power, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has invested more than $50 billion to enhance the quality of life of the Indigenous population.
Making this disclosure yesterday was the President, Dr Irfaan Ali, who was delivering the feature address at the opening of the National Toshoas Conference (NTC) in Georgetown.
President Ali said that these investments were made in various sectors, including water. The goal, the President added, is to provide 100% access to safe water by 2025.
“We have made it clear: Amerindian villages’ water will remain a social good. What that means is that for your villages, as long as we are here, you will not have to pay for that water. That will be a cost that the Government will absorb. For you and your communities, it’s treated primarily for its social good and social value, not as an economic commodity.”
The President said too that more resources are earmarked to further enhance the quality of life in several areas, including agriculture, education, health, housing infrastructure and tourism.
He encouraged the leaders present to speak openly during consultative engagements this week and to be assured that government representatives are there to listen.
“Our plan is a simple plan; it is a plan that seeks to involve you in determining what is best for you and in charting a course that will deliver the best quality of life for you.”