PRESIDENT David Granger on Wednesday announced that his administration will be building a multi-purpose complex for Indigenous leaders here and will go ahead in handing over a 50-year lease for a plot of land to house the National Toshaos Council (NTC) secretariat at Sophia, Greater Georgetown.
The announcement was made when the Guyanese leader engaged the newly elected chairman and executive members of the NTC at a special luncheon to discuss issues affecting Indigenous communities. During the deliberations held at the Baridi Benab at State House, the President announced that the government will proceed with the handing over of the lease, which was prepared several months ago, for the promised plot of land at Sophia to the NTC for construction of the proposed secretariat. However, the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs together with the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC) and the NTC, will be working together to identify a larger plot of land for the establishment of a complex that will include dormitories to accommodate Toshaos, conference rooms and other facilities, as envisioned by the head of state.
President Granger said that the plot of land at Sophia caters for only a building; there is no room for expansion. “We want you to have a campus with conference rooms, with accommodation, with benabs, and places where you could relax. We want to give you what Indigenous people deserve, so our plans are grand and we do not want to limit you to that spot and we intend to deliver on our promise,” he said.