Subsequent to a visit of the Mon Repos market construction site, vendors had expressed their dissatisfaction about the way the stalls would be built and their placement/displacement upon completion of the project.
This incident has caught the attention of Hon. Minister of MLG&RD Nigel Dharamlall. He met with the Mon Repos Market Vendors committee on December 13, 2022 to understand what the issues were and come to a resolution.
The issues raised were:
- Placement of 196 vendors to get their stalls in the same location as before the project started.
- The addition of seven more stalls for fish pond section.
- Another six stalls to accommodate vendors for the fresh produce section.
Minister Dharamlall has signaled that persons will be getting their stalls in it’s original spaces with some modification where necessary and they would remain the same size.
He also spoke of the opportunity for small contracts to be awarded to 10 persons to construct stalls in the market place to finish the process faster. This he says will enable contractors to provide employment for persons in the Mon Repos community.
Persons who were interested in constructing their own stalls would be assisted.
The aim of the meeting was for the vendors to voice their concerns and thereafter understand that the space had be structured in a way appropriate/conducive for vending.
A commitment was made to ensure all vendors had a space to ply their trade.
Minister Dharamlall reiterated his government’s commitment to serving the Guyanese populace through development in the Local Government sector.