Two outboard engines and a Brush Cutter were handed over to two Indigenous communities by Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Sydney Allicock. Receiving the one outboard engine and a brush cutter was Sand Creek, Region Nine while Wayayeng Village Region Seven received the other outboard engine.
Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Sydney Allicock handing over an outboard engine and a brush cutter to Eugene Andrews, Toshao of Sand Creek, Region Nine.
Minister Allicock said the donation of the equipment is an “investment” for the advancement of the people in those communities. The investment the Minister pointed out is due to direct requests coming from the villages. The “investment” was made on day five of the National Toshaos Council Conference.
However, Minister Allicock said that there must be proper accountability and management of the equipment. He advised that “while it is the village council’s property, a group must be formed so that proper management, proper accountability could be made so that you can continue to use it as an economic venture.”
Eugene Andrews, Toshao of Sand Creek expressed gratitude towards the Minister for keeping a promise and made one of his own. He stated that “I promise that I will take care of this and use it for the purposes that it should be and we will out things in place where we can make rents from both machines so that in time to come we would be able to buy another machine in the future.”
Toshao Moore Roberts of Wayayeng, Region Seven also expressed similar sentiments. The outboard engines are expected to be used to transport residents of the respective villages to and from their destinations.
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