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Mayor Narine welcomes meeting with Prime Minister Phillips

City Hall, Georgetown |His Worship Pt Ubraj Narine led a delegation including Deputy Mayor Alfred Mentore, Town Clerk (ag) Candace Nelson, Deputy City Engineer (ag) Kenson Boston and Assistant City Engineer (ag) Kabila Hollingsworth to engage with Prime Minister Brig (r’td) Mark Phillips at the Office of the Prime Minister this morning. 

His Worship indicated that the Municipality Is not without its challenges it continues to work to the best of its ability. The Mayor noted that the engineers of the Council enjoy a good working relationship with their counterparts at NDIA and this relationship is commendable. He stated that this type of relationship should exist between the Municipality and the Central Government but there seems to be a deliberate decision not to engage the Municipality.

Mayor Narine stated that following the meeting with the PM there will be a follow up with the Engineers and the Town Clerk to again stress the need to ensure robust monitoring. His Worship however stated that this issue goes back to the Local Government Commission which has failed to act on the decision of the Council on the matter of the City Engineer. He stated that the Council has its hands tied and is unable to discipline officers for failure to perform their duties due to the imposition of the LGC. The Council continues to challenge this. 

Deputy Mayor Alfred Mentore stated that a matter of concern from the Council is the apparent external influence of its officers who are sometimes called and given instructions counter to the decisions of the Council and without the knowledge of the Council. This coupled with the Council’s inability to discipline officers has resulted in a precarious situation. 

His Worship Pt Ubraj Narine requested that the Prime Minister exercise some influence to rectify this situation whether at the parliamentary level or the Ministerial level. 

IN THE NEWS – Deputy Mayor Mentore congratulates Imlach, Motie, Chanderpaul on selections

The Deputy Mayor of Georgetown Alfred Mentore last night sent out congratulations to national cricketer Tevin Imlach on his selection to the Cricket West Indies’ President’s XI squad which is set to play Bangladesh next week.

 Mentore, a former Guyana U19 opening batsman, also congratulated Gudakesh Motie on his test call up and on Tagenarine Chanderpaul on being named among the first test reserve players.

Read more https://www.stabroeknews.com/2022/06/09/sports/deputy-mayor-mentore-congratulates-imlach-motie-chanderpaul-on-selections/

56th Independence Day message from His Worship Pt Ubraj Narine, Mayor of the City of Georgetown.

Dear Guyanese, as we recognise the long and hard path of independence I am buoyed by the dreams and aspirations of those who came before us.

The architects of Guyana’s independence took bold steps to break the shackles of colonial rule and fight for the right to self-determination.

Over five decades later we still have the opportunity to realise the vision of our forefathers, to forge one nation out of many people.

The environment of compromise and communication must be opened for all Guyanese to be a part of building this beautiful nation.

We must take bold steps to deliberately involve all sections of our society as we unify our country and strengthen the bonds of friendship and camaraderie.

Happy Independence Anniversary Guyana.

STATUTORY MEETING – TODAY

Please be advised that The Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown will conduct their statutory meeting on

Monday 23 rd May, 2022 at 14:00 hours in the upper flat of the Kitty Market.

Please expect traffic delays in this area during this period.

Rainy Season is here – BE PREPARED!

The Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown continue in their efforts to reduce the impact of flooding in the City. The administration continues to work diligently as the engineers ensure our pumps and kokers are in working order. The City and NDIA have partnered to assist in drainage and irrigation. 

Do your part, report littering, safeguard your property from flooding and be careful on the roadways.

Be Safe! 

Mayor of Georgetown elected to Sub-Council of the Maritime Cooperation Committee

His Worship Pt Ubraj Narine this morning was elected to serve on the sub-council of the 21stCentury Maritime Cooperation Committee. 

Mayor Narine was elected while attending the virtual forum and will serve a term of 7 years. His Worship expressed gratitude to the committee for its consideration and pledged his continued advocacy. 

Please see his remarks below:

Thank you esteemed members of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and the Fuzhou Municipal People’s Government. 

Georgetown like Fuzhou is a port city and provides a critical link between the hinterland, mountainous areas and the coastline. It is the economic centre and hub for international trade. 

Georgetown is also the capital city of Guyana and as such is the seat of Government. It functions as the administrative centre of our society and economy. 

Climate change represents a significant challenge to cities like ours especially the threat of rising sea levels. Historically our drainage and irrigation system was established from the plantation system with kokers and sluices, however as time and population increase these structures have become overwhelmed by the increased economic and transportation activity. This is more challenged by the fact that Georgetown lies below sea level. 

It is because of these threats that the Municipality and its Councillors agree that we must implement smart solutions to ensure the city is able to deal with these challenges to reduce the impacts of climate change. 

Initiatives such as remote monitoring and activation of mechanical pumps to assist kokers during periods of high rainfall,  using drone technology to monitor the impact of population on drainage and provide data on population growth to assist the Council to provide efficient services of waste disposal, the use of electronic payment methods to assist residents and business in paying their taxes to ensure that the services of the Council are properly funded and finally, contributing to the national data strategy to register properties and ensure that they are correctly valued and zoned. 

Our recent oil and gas discovery has already impacted the infrastructure of our city, with its colonial landscape changing daily with many high-rise structures and a notable increase in traffic on our roadways. We must therefore embrace technological solutions to ensure that our citizens enjoy a good life and our business community benefit from safe, efficient services to promote their expansion and development.  

As Mayor of the City of Georgetown, I support the Smart Ocean forum and welcome partnerships as we work together to build a world driven by data.

Mayor and Councillors engage with the National Insurance Scheme on staff contributions 

His Worship Pt Ubraj Narine along with Deputy Mayor Alfred Mentore, Chief Councillor Oscar Clarke and Town Clerk (ag) Candace Nelson met with representatives of the National Insurance Scheme on its contributions on behalf of the staff of the Municipality yesterday. 

His Worship expressed that he was pleased to update staff that their contributions are up to date with the institution as the Council continues to make payments. 

Mayor Narine and the team also have engaged NIS on making payments on the behalf of staff where defaults occurred before the current Council. Some of these defaults date back to 1994. 

Deputy Mayor and Chief Councillor Oscar Clarke indicated that the Council considered the meeting important and assured that backdated issues are corrected in the shortest possible time given the resources of the Council.

Town Clerk (ag) Candace Nelson stated that the Council and its administrative arm prioritize the issues of staff welfare as such ensuring NIS contributions are current is necessary as the Council does its part to ensure staff members enjoy the benefits of their service to the citizens of Georgetown. 

The Council and officials of the National Insurance Scheme commit to working together and fostering a closer relationship for the benefit of workers. 

Mayor, Councillors and Staff bid farewell to Chief Constable (ag) Peter Livingstone

His Worship Pt Ubraj Narine as well as Councillors and staff today bid farewell to Chief Constable (ag) Peter Livingstone. 

At the moving ceremony held at the square of the revolution, Mayor Narine highlighted the dedication to duty which the Chief Constable demonstrated in the execution of his duties. His Worship in his remarks stated that it was unfortunate that the efforts of the Chief Constable were not recognized by the Local Government Commission despite the recommendation by the Council to have him confirmed as the Chief Constable of the Municipality of Georgetown. 

Councillors in their remarks highlighted his service and pleasant deportment in their various interactions. A number of staff members were moved by his passing. 

Also in attendance at the funeral service were the Leader of the Opposition Aubrey Norton and Opposition Members of Parliament Volda Lawrence and former Prime Minister Hamilton Green.

Chief Constable Peter Livingstone has died

Chief Citizen, His Worship Pt Ubraj Narine regrets to inform the citizens of Georgetown of the passing of Chief Constable Peter Livingstone.

Chief Constable Livingstone served the Council with distinction and executed his duties with diligence and commitment.

I am deeply saddened by his passing and extend comfort to his family at this time. Details on his funeral arrangements will be communicated as available.