Over 20 hinterland communities received transportation in 2017

first_imgMore than 20 hinterland communities benefited from transportation in the form of buses; All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs); pickups; tractor-trailers; boats, and engines, in 2017.The vehicles and engines were procured through the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry’s 2017 Capital programme, to aid in emergencies, agriculture, tourism drives, and the transport of seniors to uplift their pensions and students within the hinterland communities.During her 2018 Budget presentation, Minister within the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowe explained that during 2017, funds were released to procure four buses to transport students to and from schools at Santa Rosa, Port Kaituma, Thomas Hills and Moblissa. These buses form part of President David Granger’s 5 Bs (buses, bicycles, boats, breakfast, and books) Initiative.According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), a total of 13 villages in Regions One, Five, Seven, Eight and Ten received outboard engines, while 12 villages got grants to construct boats for the engines.  Two villages also received ATVs.“…The Government is committed to providing such transportation relief to the Indigenous communities to provide assistance to our people, especially the elderly, children and also for emergency purposes,” Minister Garrido-Lowe emphasised.The Minister announced that in 2018, the Ministry will extend its transportation programme by procuring one additional bus to serve the scholarship students at the Hinterland Dormitory at Liliendaal.An additional six villages will receive support with outboard engines, while 10 villages will receive grants to construct boats.  Four ATVs will be bought in 2018 to serve communities in Regions Two, Eight and Nine.last_img

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