National Stadium for Reg 10, President Ali announces

Linden, Region Ten can expect major transformational development in the coming years with the construction of a national stadium on the cards, His Excellency, Dr Mohamed Irfaan Ali announced on Friday.

The president made the announcement while engaging residents of Linden at the Christiansburg Community Centre ground.

This new development will add to the synthetic track and field facility at the Bayroc Community Centre Ground, Wismar.

While these major projects are in the pipeline, President Ali stated that all recreational spaces, footpaths, and roads leading to schools, health centres, and other public spaces will be upgraded.

“Whether it is the fence, grading and shaping the ground, bringing the facility up to standard, this year we are going to fix all the grounds associated with schools in Region 10,” President Ali said.

President Ali also announced plans to develop the town of Linden as a center for mechanical and engineering services. The local people will be trained to work in these fields.

“We want to work on developing a particular area that will be able to provide mechanical services, engineering services, tire repair so that we can service the hinterland with here being the major hub to provide those services,” he explained.

In the area of agriculture, a team will be returning to the area to identify a programme to improve production. Drainage and irrigation will be addressed simultaneously.

Currently, Linden is benefitting from major developments in the housing sector as part of the government’s 1,000 homes project announced by President Ali during his first major outreach in 2021. Several homes have been completed and handed over to individuals under this project.

The head of state emphasised the government’s commitment to providing equal opportunities for all citizens and called for collective action to identify and prioritise issues. The government will then provide the necessary support to address these issues.

“So let us move on this trajectory of development here in this community…

That is why I want the ministers to come and walk the grounds with you next week. So that you will say what your priorities are because you are people who understand the reality,” he said.

The residents, who raised concerns and issues, commended the President Ali-led Administration for the work it has been doing, particularly in the vulnerable communities.

The president was accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hugh Todd, Minister of Local Government and Regional Development, Nigel Dharamlall, and other technical officers.


GCB vs GoG continues, GCB members banned from the National Stadium

The Government of Guyana, through the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport has imposed an immediate ban of the ‘Guyana Cricket Board’ (GCB) members from the Providence National Stadium citing non-compliance with the Cricket Administration Act.

This comes on the heels of statements from Minister Charles Ramson Jr. on Tuesday, in which he shut down a request from the GCB for the use of the National Stadium and also said that his Ministry does not recognize the GCB as a legitimate body responsible for cricket in Guyana.

Minister of Culture, Youth & Sport: Charles Ramson Jr.

The Minister was at the time referring to an article published in sections of the media that suggested the recently held ‘Bounce Back’ Football tournament which was held at the National Stadium had resulted in serious damage to the pitch area.

Consequently, the GCB hit back on Wednesday with a press release of their own in which they challenged certain parts of the Cricket Administration Act and revealed that they would now have to use the LBI Facility for the practice matches to select a team to represent Guyana at the upcoming Regional Super50 tournament.

Additionally, the press release noted; “The GCB has consistently objected to various aspect of the Cricket Administration Act based on strong and valid arguments. As a consequence, the GCB finds it disheartening that there once again appears to be political interference in the administration of cricket in Guyana, albeit that this time the interference seems to be ignited by Minister Charles Ramson Jr.”

Meanwhile on Thursday, the Ministry posted a statement to their social media in response to the ‘GCB’ press release.

It read, “As a consequence of a failed attempt to denigrate the Guyana National Stadium and to maliciously incite public disquiet by an illegitimate body purporting to call itself the “Guyana Cricket Board” by causing to be published images of the ground which have proven to be false, the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports has taken a decision to prohibit entry of the members of the illegitimate body to the Guyana National Stadium ground with immediate effect until there is full compliance with the restored Cricket Administration Act.”

However, the Ministry noted; “being mindful of the careers of the players who will be participating in the Super50 regional tournament, we will, therefore, permit access to the Guyana National Stadium to players and coaches only.”