‘Honest leadership’ needed if oil money is to transform villages – PM Nagamootoo

Political Advisor to the Alliance For Change and Guyana's Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo addresses Party delegates for the November 12, 2018, Local Government Elections.

Guyana’s Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo told a gathering of party supporters and candidates for the upcoming Local Government Elections in the South American country that responsible and honest leadership is needed at the local level to spend coming oil revenue in a way that benefits the community.

Speaking to more than 100 Candidates at a conference held on Saturday, at the Alliance For Change (AFC) Kitty, Georgetown Headquarters, Mr. Nagamootoo, who serves as the Party’s Political Advisor, said with Guyana poised to become a major oil producer, more revenue will be funneled through Neighbourhood Democratic Councils to communities, and as such, integrity must be a characteristic of those in leadership roles.

“When we begin to reap the resources from the oil and gas industry, a lot more money will go into the villages, to the Neighborhood Democratic Councils and it is there that we need responsible leadership, honest leadership to be able to handle the resources and use it to build new markets, new cemeteries, new streets, to clean the drains, to get rid of the garbage, to look after the playgrounds, to fix the nursery schools, to fix the community centers. We will be able to transform Guyana from bottom-up and the AFC must lead this revolution,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Central Executive Member of the AFC and Minister of Public Telecommunications, Cathy Hughes, told the Candidates that Guyana is on the cusp of a major transformation and it is up to them to position themselves to take full advantage of the opportunities that will come.

Hughes pointed out that, “We have been blessed with unimaginable opportunities in Guyana and if we don’t make the best of it, it is only us to be blamed. Local content is not about legislation or policies but how you prepare yourself and your families to grasp the opportunities that lay ahead. Only you are responsible for yourself and your failure to miss these opportunities.”

Local Government Elections in Guyana are slated for November 12, 2018.