1,000 jobs, $50M in grants for Region Five Guyana

Vice-President guarantees jobs for 400 persons trained in technical areas

ONE thousand part-time jobs will soon be made available to residents of Region Five as government continues to put measures in place to cushion the effects of high cost of living precipitated by the slowdown of the global supply chain as a result of COVID-19.

Vice-President, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo made the announcement at separate community meetings at Novar and the Bath Primary School, as well as during an engagement with members of the Region Five business community at Berbice Bridge Office lawns, D’ Edward Village, on Wednesday.

On assuming power in August 2020 after a protracted election stand-off, Dr Jagdeo pointed out that the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government was faced with a situation where about 35,000 persons lost their jobs as a result of poor policies by the former Coalition Government.

This situation was further compounded when the Coalition, which was ill-equipped to tackle the pandemic, enforced significant locked down of the country as it grapples with the pandemic, a decision that saw some 30,000 persons being laid off of their jobs.

In addition to having to deal with battered economy, very limited resources to beat back COVID-19 and a host of other inherited challenges, Dr Jagdeo told Region Six residents that the government also had to contend with a high employment rate, a problem it had made significant headway in addressing through a series of development projects, which will grow in numbers.

Also, thus far, the government has allocated 800 part-time jobs each for Regions Two and 10, and 3,000 for Region Six as part of a programme that will see some 8,000 such jobs being allocated to residents throughout Guyana. Dr Jagdeo reported that in Region Two, some 2,000 have signed up for these jobs that will be made available by government.

Under this part-time employment scheme, persons are required to work 10 days per month at a government agency, hospital or government-run institutions and will be paid $40,000 per month.

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