Prime Minister John Briceno Tours Ongoing Projects in Dangriga
Prime Minister John Briceno had a packed agenda today in the south as he visited several ongoing projects, funded through the government. Today he spent time in Dangriga where he met with the Area Representative, Louis Zabaneh and the Mayor, Robert Mariano. Briceno visited the ITVET, the inauguration of the Ready Call Centre, the agriculture school as well as residents of the town. Correspondent Harry Arzu met up with Briceno during his tour.
John Briceno, Prime Minister of Belize: “What I’m doing right now is trying to come into the communities to be able to look at the work that we’ve been doing as a government and here in Dangriga we’re both with the area representative and the mayor and seeing all the work that they’ve been doing and what is it that we can do more to make the lives of our people better. I’ve always said you cannot sit in an office and make decisions that will affect the people on the ground so it’s best to be there, have a first hand look because you know people might tell you the Area Rep or the mayor and we say oh everything is good but it’s not. But we started early this morning and we’ve been to the municipal market, been to an area where they’ve been giving out some lots looking at the work here being done at ITVET, ANRI is the agriculture school and I must commend the administrator here that she has done a wonderful job in turning this around because I know for a long time it was abandoned but this is a priority for our government to be able to equip our children, our young people, our youths to be able to take care of themselves. So I want to commend Minister Fonseca and Minister Zabaneh who is the area representative and the entire team for the work that they’ve been doing. So I’m quite happy, quite pleased, quite excited to be here and I got a treat from the students of ANRI. I will be also at the call center visiting other works, looking at the work that the mayor and his team have been doing, looking at the areas where we need for instance they were telling me there are some areas where they need expansion of water, lights in the town, the pier that we need to see how we cna partner with the town council to either repair or to rebuild that’s for the experts to decide. The environmental issues, the overmining of the sand upstream in the other villages and the other communities that is having a direct impact not only on Dangriga but the entire coastline of the Stann Creek district which is a spectacular coastline, the prettiest coastline in the country is down south and so we need to look at how we can protect that for future generations.”
The Prime Minister’s endorsement of the town council was “well received” in the south. Briceno shared on his social media platforms that it was a pleasure to sit with the Dangriga Executive Committee and Councilor candidates.