Minister of State Joseph Harmon on Sunday, urged the residents of Mabaruma, Region One (Barima-Waini) and its surrounding communities to hold public officials, inclusive of those in Regional and Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (RDC/NDCs) accountable.Minister of State Joseph Harmon addressing residents at the Mabaruma Primary SchoolPublic officials, the Minister stated have been elected to serve and citizens must, therefore, demand that their interests and those of the community are addressed.Minister Harmon was at the time speaking at a community meeting held at the Mabaruma Primary School where he addressed concerns raised by residents.He told residents that Central Government would continue to play its part in ensuring that infrastructural, social and other needs were met but noted that the Regional and Neighbourhood Democratic Councils must also share in this responsibility.Harmon also said that community leaders and regional and local officials must understand their roles and endeavour to function efficiently. He posited that citizens suffer the most when leaders become complacent and do not serve in the best interests of those who elected them.“Our community leaders must face the community. If you cannot talk to your people and do things for them then they will not respect you or listen to you. You have to see people and see what they need. As a leader, you need to get on the ground and relate to people so that you can understand what is taking place. It is always important to come on the ground and get in touch with the people, with their feelings, with their understandings and what needs to be done,” Minister Harmon said.Several residents raised concerns about Government-sponsored programmes such as the Sustainable Livelihoods and Entrepreneurial Development [SLED] Project, community training and other capacity-building opportunities, which they said is only beneficial to one section of the community.Harmon assured the aggrieved residents that the Social Protection and Public Health Ministries along with other agencies would be consulted on the approach used to select candidates for programmes and initiatives. He made it clear that all must benefit from opportunities made available by the Government.Additionally, the Minister of State spoke of President David Granger’s Frontline Village Policy that was announced during his visit to Whitewater – also in Region One – earlier this year. The policy speaks to the establishment of military patrol bases and heightened 24-hour security by the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and the Guyana Police Force (GPF).As such, Minister Harmon urged the residents to continue being vigilant as the country’s borders are expansive.
Declan Bonner will lead a Donegal Minor team into their first ever All-Ireland final on September 21.And Bonner was keen to praise Ethan O’Donnell whose point secured victory over Dublin.Donegal were two points down and kicking into Hill 16 but three points without reply, including the 59th minute winner from sub O’Donnell, secured victory. “Ethan has been outstanding for us whenever he’s come off the bench, you need that type of quality to turn games,” said Declan.“I’m absolutely delighted for the lads because I think back in my playing days, I lost an All-Ireland semi-final here in 1990 against Meath and there’s nothing worse than losing a semi-final.“We’ll be back now in three weeks’ time and we know Kerry are red-hot favourites but we’ll definitely be coming to win an All-Ireland minor final.” BONNER HAILS SUPER-SUB ETHAN’S WINNING POINT FOR MINORS was last modified: September 1st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Declan BonnerDonegal minorsEthan O’Donnell