The Peopleâ€™s National Congress Reform (PNCR) held a public meeting on Saturday 29th March at the Four Corners – La Parfaite Harmonie, Essequibo Islands-West Demerara Region. Speakers at the meeting included Mr. Joseph Harmon, MP; Ms. Annette Ferguson, MP; Ms. Cheryl Sampson, PNCR Central Executive Member; and Brigadier David Granger, Leader of the PNCR. Mr. Joseph Harmon gave the residents an update on the Anti-Money Laundering amendment legislation and A Partnership for National Unityâ€™s work in the Parliamentary Special Select Committee. Mr. Harmon told the crowd that it was the opposition that was working to protect the citizens of Guyana and to have strong, enforceable laws to apprehend Money Launderers. Ms. Cheryl Sampson and Ms. Annette Ferguson touched on local issues pertaining to Region No. 3, especially the infrastructure and social problems facing the residents of La Parfaite Harmonie. They spoke about the poor roads; the lack of adequate street lighting and the high costs of transportation (especially for school children to get to and from school). Other problems facing the community such as security and the lack of adequate policing; property theft and poor local representation; problems within the national and regional education system were also dealt with.
Leader of the PNCR, Brigadier David Granger told the crowd that the PNCR was preparing for Local Government elections. He reminded them that the 6th Cycle of Registration had started and urged those who were over fourteen years of age to get registered. Brigadier Granger said that it was only through local government elections that residents in places like La Parfaite Harmonie can be able to get involved in managing and developing the communities where they live. He told the residents that the 2014 Budget was not forward-looking or development oriented. He said that the PPP/Câ€™s administration Budget had no plan for poverty reduction, employment and social protection. Brigadier Granger said the 2014 Budget does not provide realistic job opportunities for the thousands of school-leavers and the larger number of unemployed and under-employed. He said that under the PPP/C the few rich are getting richer and the many poor are getting poorer. He reminded his audience that APNU was fighting for and committed to a good life for all Guyanese.
The meeting at La Parfaite Harmonie was chaired by PNCR Regional Chairman and APNU Member of Parliament, Mr. John Adams.