In light of the decision of the Government to ban used tyres, drivers are still maintaining that with the implementation of the ban, there should also be measures put in place with regard to the road network development in the country.According to a host of drivers who met with Guyana Times on Saturday, the decision to ban used tyres has created a major financial hurdle which was worsened by the bad roads in the country which they say quickly damage the new tyres. The drivers said that the cost of the new tyres was exorbitant and they were not as durable as the Government highlighted they would be since they needed to be frequently replaced, adding to their expense.“They ban the tyres and we had to accept it, right? So, why they can’t fix the roads now? The tyres don’t even last long and the roads destroying them faster. The Government, the Town Clerk seh the tyres gon last long, he mussy don’t use Georgetown roads. We gotta spend more and more money. What happen man, is nothing we ain’t got to do but waste we hard earnings?” voiced a private car driver who identified himself only as Singh.The drivers, however, indicated that if the roads, especially in Georgetown, were repaired given their current “broken” and “deteriorated state”, they would be more inclined to accept the Government’s prohibition of used tyres in the country.“It will make more sense if they just fix the roads and done, man. We can’t accept this law if we gotta keep getting in expense…. That’s nonsense. The roads got some big big holes in it and we gotta drive in it, and the tyres damaging up more. Let them fix the road and then we gon accept they new law. They just sit down there making laws like it’s nothing because it ain’t affecting them. They ain’t concern about poor people,” one driver commented.
Eighteen communities in the Buu – Yao Administrative District are benefiting from solar powered lights provided by the German humanitarian organization GIZ through a program called “EnDev –Liberia.” The solar power installations cover 21 facilities, including 18 public schools and three clinics, in 18 communities across Buu – Yao, as well as the Kparblee Administrative District, which lies on the border with Ivory Coast.Mr. George King Howard from African Venture, a cocoa buying entity in the locality, told this newspaper that many of the farmers it deals with do not know how to read or write, and they (the farmers) have appealed for an adult illiteracy program.“It was based on that request that we contacted GIZ to install these solar lights in order to conduct the adult illiteracy classes,” he said. “We are installing solar energy lights in 18 public and private school facilities while the remaining three are for clinics.”The installation of the solar lights was received by the locals with rejoicing when the lights at one of the campuses were switched on.“We are very happy with the solar power because it will help a lot in our adult literacy program,” said William Kwemie, vice principal of the Buutuo Christian Union School.“We have been carrying out adult literacy programs using lanterns and ordinary Chinese dry cell lights and so, with this, more students will be encouraged to enroll in this school,” he added.“Most of the boys and girls in the program dropped out of school during the war and looking at their own responsibilities, they are unable to attend school during normal school time, except for the adult literacy program,” said another teacher. Upon the installation, GIZ technicians conducted a brief training for the end users on how to manage the solar lights to get enough light during the night hours.Gaijouhn Gayebuah of GIZ said, “There is no light greater than the daylight, so we want to keep the lights off during the day.”“The security of the solar lights rests in your hands,” another technician, Mark Geegbe, told the users during the training. “Make sure to clean the solar panel after one or two months whenever you find out that it is not producing the required light.”Despite their happiness, several persons expressed various expectations. “We thought this solar energy current light was going to provide AC for us to use other appliances in the clinic,” said one person.“We took all our vaccine materials to another clinic for storage, because we do not have the electricity that will keep the drugs cold, so when we heard about this (solar installation) we were so impressed; however, we thank GIZ for this, as we look forward to the more advanced type,” he added. Every installation carries 8 solar bulbs, used for lighting only. It is reportedly not powerful enough to charge a cell phone, which many persons were expecting. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)