Over 200 Community Service Officers (CSOs) will be receiving training in the maintenance of water delivery systems in hinterland regions as a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between the Guyana Water Inc (GWI) and the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs.
These 200 Community Service Officers (CSOs) from regions 1, 7, 8 and 9 will be trained by the Guyana Water Inc (GWI) to manage and maintain water delivery systems in the hinterland regions. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Housing and Water Andre Ally and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs Ryan Toolsiram.
Chief Executive Officer of GWI Shaik Baksh noted that this initiative will assist the utility company in cutting down its cost for maintenance of these systems in the regions. Minister of Housing and Water Collin Croal said this signals the government’s commitment to increasing the human resources capacity in outlying regions.
The Minister said, "No doubt, as persons become skilled and it is part of the challenge too…we will continue to train, that is our mandate that we have and as a government, as a responsible government we will continue to keep training so that we can reach to a level where persons are trained in various skill sets." Minister of Amerindian Affairs Pauline Sukhai said this initiative is significant since it will increase access and operations of GWI’s water systems in the hinterland regions while building competency in the regions.
“so training is an important aspect of our human resource, and we know that in the Amerindian villages that in the past, the level of infrastructure continues to improve and that means that there is need for human resource to take charge of those sectors," Minister Sukhai said. Training will commence for the first batch of CSOs tomorrow in Region Nine (9).