The National Assembly this evening approved the sum of $1.637B for Region 8, Potaro/ Siparuni. The region covers 20,051 square kilometres, with Mahdia as its administrative center. The allocation will be utilised for the following; Regional Administration and Finance-$142.788M Infrastructure Works- $219.955M Education -$845.759M Health Services – $402.796M Regional Agriculture -$25.001M Among the projects planned …
Region 8 – Potaro – Sipuruni
The Potaro-Siparuni Region gets its name from the Potaro and Siparuni Rivers, which are tributaries of the Essequibo River.
Predominantly forested highland with a small portion of hilly sand and clay, this region is home to the famous Kaieteur and Orinduik Falls. The Kaieteur is one of the highest single-drop waterfalls in the world, and it is one of the beautiful sights in the Guyana. The waterfalls of this region are great tourist attractions.
The people of this region, merely 5,737 in number, are involved in gold and diamond mining and forestry. Mazda Mining Company Ltd has the largest operation in this region.
Many of these mining companies are destroying the rivers they work in especially the Essequibo and Konawaruk Rivers.
The Iwokrama Rainforest Project is partly located in this region. The project studies how the rainforest can be used in the country’s development (for example, by providing timber) without being destroyed or depleted.
Mabaruma in Region One, Rupertee, Wowetta, Marcanata, Kumu and Shulinab in Region Eight and Rupertee, Wowetta, Marcanata, Kumu and Shulinab in Region Nine are among those areas that benefitted in the first half of 2016, under the administration’s drive to increase access to potable water in the hinterland. At a recent press briefing at the …