Rivercess Citizens’ Movement Descend on ‘Pit-sawyers’

first_imgThe Rivercess Concerned Citizens Movement, represented by their secretary-general, Dailay D. Konway, has condemned in the strongest terms the felling of high forest trees in the county by ‘pit-sawyers.’He said pit-sawyers were pillaging the forests without any due benefit to the county.According to Konway, pit-sawyers are “operating illegally in and around concessional forests.He made the disclosure in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer Wednesday, April 23, when he — along with a few other members of the association — walked into the McDonald Street offices of the paper to present their position statement.In Konway’s opinion, forests are not exclusively owned by community dwellers; therefore, they cannot authorize or allow pit-sawyers to operate.He then mentioned that pit-sawyers’ money does not make any positive impact on the county; instead it is used to bribe and mislead the local inhabitants while they (pit-sawyers) deplete the forest to the detriment of the county.The pit-sawyers’ action, Konway believes, has the propensity to scare away potential investors coming to the county to change the present living condition of its residents.He said, it has become an “open secret” in the county that illegal logging aimed at depleting the forests was ongoing, adding “The Concerned Citizens Movement will stand against any act that could potentially stall developmental activities in the county. We will stand against anyone; whether they are an official or a local leader.” Mr. Konway is therefore calling on those involved in “dubious and or clandestine logging activities in the county” to desist. He said this was because, “the forests belongs to the residents, who have the legitimate right to sign any agreement with any well-recognized logging company in the county.”“The movement is also calling on the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) to intervene and force any suspected illegal pit-sawyer to leave Rivercess,” he concluded. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Identify your role in fight against HIV/Aids – Dr Rhonda Moore

first_imgAs Guyana marks more than 25 years in the fight against HIV/AIDS, Guyanese are being encouraged to identify their roles in the battle.The call came from Programme Manager of the National AIDS Programme Secretariat (NAPS), Dr Rhonda Moore, at a ‘World AIDS Day’ walk on Saturday morning.Representatives of Rong-An Inc. joined by the 13th Chinese Medical Team and officials in Kwakwani during the outreach“Do you see your role as a valuable contribution, or is it a lifetime commitment to ending HIV/AIDS? The goal is to end AIDS by 2030,” Dr. Moore said.She observed that dedication and hard work are necessary if the goal of eliminating HIV/AIDS within 12-13 years is to be achieved.Dr Moore reported that 2016 statistics show that, worldwide, there are 21 million persons living with HIV/AIDS who have access to treatment. Guyana has an estimated 8,492 persons living with HIV.“Sixty-nine per cent of those persons knew that they have HIV. Of those who knew their status, 84 per cent were on treatment; and of those who access treatment, 68 per cent achieved virus suppression,” Dr Moore detailed.The NAPS Programme Manager further noted: “The National AIDS Programme Secretariat will this year celebrate 25 years in fighting against HIV/AIDS.”  However, she said, work still needs to be done to reduce stigma and discrimination while creating an enabling environment for persons to access care and treatment.Dr. Moore emphasised it is crucial that this service is sustained.According to the Department of Public Information, hundreds attended the Health Walk, which was a collaboration between the National AIDS Programme Secretariat and several public health agencies and international developmental partners. The exercise culminated at the Square of the Revolution with a brief interfaith programmeWorld AIDS Day will be observed on December 1, 2017, under the theme ‘My Health, My Right’last_img read more