Proportional Representative (PR) candidate of the Sans Souci-Melville constituency in the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) of Wakenaam, Sheikh Ahmad is confident that the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) will garner gains in the Essequibo island district at this year’s Local Government Elections (LGE).As the November 12 date draws closer, the PPP/C representative told Guyana Times on Sunday that various candidates and representatives would continue meeting with potential constituents to convince them that their Party was the most suitable for their local representation.He told this newspaper that he expected the Party would secure a return to victory as it had done since the 1994 LGE were held. After the LGE resurfaced in 2016, the PPP/C secured 15 out of 18 seats, having won eight of nine constituencies. The Party opted to withdraw from Constituency Two, Rush Brook/Maria Johanna this time around owing to discrepancies in the list of candidates for the area. Nevertheless, Ahmad, who took over the NDC chairmanship in January, believes that his Party has the platform that will draw residents to cast their votes in its favour.“Our plan is for no new taxes and we want to continue to work with the drainage and irrigation system to enhance farming in terms of coconut, rice, plantain, cattle and to continue to work with community centres and grounds to enhance sport and sporting facilities,” the incumbent Chairman observed.Ahmad, who is also a farmer and businessman, told this newspaper that he would continue working with fellow farmers on the island with a view of having more input from them as they would have first-hand knowledge of the issues that arise in the agricultural sector. To this end, the politician said that he would place special focus on the areas of marketing, production and quality.He highlighted that his island has good drainage networks owing to an excavator that the Council obtained in 2010. The incumbent Chair outlined that every year the NDC was guided by its Work Programme whereby 26,000 rods of trenches and drains were cleaned and maintained, while kokers were also kept in working condition. Ahmad, however, stressed that many of the roads on Wakenaam were in a deplorable state although he was hopeful that Central Government would provide the NDC with a grader to level the roads ahead of overall road works.“There are 10-12 miles of deplorable roads on the island,” he stressed.He committed to working with various levels of Government to ensure that he advocated for the rights of his constituency. This comes even though the ruling party at the central level is the A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC). However, at the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) level in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), the PPP/C controls the majority, which has been advantageous to Wakenaam.“It wasn’t an easy task to work with Central Government as it was tough at first, but somehow found a working relationship with the Region and with our subventions, we have been able to achieve assistance for works,” he noted, referencing the recent breach of the sea defence and consequent flooding on the island which saw a multi-stakeholder approach being utilised to address the issue.Ahmad said that residents were very optimistic in supporting the Party’s candidates on his belief that they would garner the majority on the Wakenaam NDC.“We have been in the field working and we have shown the concern of caring and providing services for everyone despite your nationality, race or political affiliation. We have been a diverse Party, which has put our support to every person that has asked us for help. We reach out to them and that’s why we should be the persons returning to run the NDC,” the PR candidate stressed.
The head of the Garda Traffic Corps in Donegal has declared that every road death is preventable.Inspector Michael Harrison was speaking during a hard-hitting segment on RTE’s new road traffic programme.Traffic Blues featured patrols with the Donegal Traffic Corps over two weekends in the county last October. During filming, Gardai had to contend with a variety of challenges including drunk drivers, joyriders and hit and run incidents.One segment showed a motorist form Northern Ireland reach speeds of up to 180kph in an effort to evade Gardai before fleeing across the border into Derry.The programme showed the real dangers which Gardai face on Donegal’s roads week-in, week-out.The show also highlighted how drunk driving is also still a major problem in Donegal with 17 people arrested for drunk driving during filming. The programme also showed how seriously Inspector Harrison and his team are taking road safety in Donegal.EndsHARD-HITTING RTE SHOW REVEALS SHAME OF DONEGAL’S DRIVERS was last modified: August 7th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Inspector Michael HarrisonRTETraffic Blues