Cooperative Republic of Guyana

Local Gov’t Ministry continues to tackle illegal vending

but regional bodies need to be more proactive-Minister Persaud

Georgetown, GINA, August 6, 2013

A broad-based committee comprising officials of the Regional Administrations which fall under the purview of the Ministry of Local Government, as well as officials of the Ministry of Public Works has been addressing illegal vending on state reserves, but the RDCs and NDCs need to take a more proactive stance to deal with the issue.

Minister of Local Government and Regional Development Ganga Persaud said that the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) and Regional Democratic Councils (RDCs) need to be more practical in addressing illegal vending.

Speaking to the media today at a press conference held at the Local Government Ministry, Minister Persaud highlighted that under the leadership of Minister within the Ministry of Local Government Norman Whittaker, the committee has done some data gathering and its members are still looking at strategies which can be used in the interim.

“The Ministry would have acquired the services of a legal person and so we have once again served notices on a number of illegal occupiers,” Minister Persaud added.

Some of the vendors have sought to take the Ministry to the court challenging the legal notice, claiming that they have occupied the spots for many years.

“These illegal vending in some parts are interfering with residential drainage systems and are causing flooding,” Minister Persaud added.