President Irfaan Ali said that following the National Clean-up Exercise, heavy focus would be placed on enforcement to ensure the country remains clean.
The Head of State made this statement as he joined in the continuation of the National Clean-up Exercise along Vlissengen Road in the vicinity of St. Sidwell's Primary School this morning.
The President pointed to some improvement in the state of cleanliness in the area since the last exercise, which he said is a step in the right direction. He, however, called for intensified efforts to curb garbage dumping.
"We have given enough time, enough education programmes; enforcement is going to become a major aspect of what we are doing."
The President said that following the national clean-up effort, work would begin on improving the secondary drainage run-off across the country in a phased manner. He reiterated that the environment’s cleanliness and upkeep is a shared responsibility.
The Head of State lauded the participation of the youths from Albouystown and members of the football community who came out in their numbers to join in the exercise. He also pointed to the massive mobilisation of the Men on Mission (M.O.M) team.
"Today, they are part of the national effort to make a positive change, and this is the type of behavioural influence we want all across the country."
The President and his team visited several locations in the city, including Durban Park, the Seawalls, and the Stabroek Market. They will be heading to Charity in Region 2 (Pomeroon -Supenaam) later today.
The Ministry of Public Works' National Enhancement Committee spearheaded the country-wide clean-up exercise and saw the involvement of various stakeholders, including government agencies, the diplomatic corps, the private sector, NGOs, joint services, and members of civil society.