During an engagement with Prime Minister, Brigadier (Ret’d), Mark Phillips, on Wednesday, the Amelia’s Ward squatters whose properties were demolished during a demolition exercises by Central Housing and Planning Authority, were promised compensation by next week.
During the engagement, the citizens whose structures were demolished in Phase Four Amelia’s Ward, due to illegal occupation of lands earmarked for infrastructural development, expressed concern that the promised compensation, has not yet been materialized.
The Prime Minister assured residents that the Government is committed to compensating those who have been affected and to resolving the issues. He also informed the residents of the status of the financial warrant, which serves as a framework for the disbursement of money to those affected.
“The situation is that the financial warrant to pay the compensation was approved today. However, it has to go before the board (CHPA), which would be done between tomorrow and Friday; next week, we would be able to pay out the money. “
The senior government official was keen to point out that squatting is illegal in Guyana, but the administration, saw it fit to facilitate the residents’ request to be remunerated for loss sustained.
Further, in an invited comment Prime Minister Phillips stated,” as promised, compensation would be ready to pay next week. I assured the residents that as Prime Minister I will be in contact with them until this matter is concluded”.