The burdens inherited from the previous administration were the major obstacles for the Coalition Government during their first four years in office.
His Excellency, President David Granger, made the observation on Thursday during an appearance on the popular radio programme “Hot Seat” on 94.1FM. His sentiments come as the year winds down and the country is preparing for General and Regional Elections on March 2, 2020.
His Excellency, President David Granger
“In the first instance, we inherited what you call in dominoes a bad hand … we got a bad hand in terms of the sugar industry, the fibre optic cable from Lethem, the Skeldon sugar factory; these were expensive burdens we had to bear,” President Granger explained.
He noted that another hindrance was the resistance the government encountered from opposition-aligned regional chairmen.
The president noted that his government has made significant strides in bridging the gap between the hinterland and the coast and that the improvements, both infrastructural and social, are visible.
From 2015 to date, the Coalition Government has improved minimum wage, old age pension, increased the tax threshold, and improved the quality of education countrywide. Additionally, public infrastructure such as roads, lights and access to clean potable water have all been improved.
“From every point of view, from the level of the citizen, from the level of the regions, at the level of the government and political development, level of international relations, we have done well over the last four and a half years,” His Excellency remarked.