The “Five Bs” Initiative began some three years ago, and President David Granger has since donated 27 buses and 14 boats to aid the transportation of school children across Guyana.President David Granger handing over the key to Toshao Roger Ronald of Chinoweng VillageAccording to the Department of Public Information (DPI), these donations were all made possible through contributions from private and business persons, but President Granger said last Sunday that the objective of allowing every child to go to school remains the same.The Head of State has handed over to the Village of Chinoweng, in Region Seven, (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) a new boat and engine worth $1.3 million.Giving remarks before the presentation was made to Toshao Roger Ronald, President Granger recalled the road which led to the initiative back in 2015.“Three years ago, when I entered office after a very long campaign, I went into many rivers, and one of the important things I noticed was that many children were not going to school because they didn’t have transportation. And we started in 2015 what we called “Three Bs”,” the president told villagers.He said the programme has so far acquired 27 buses and 14 boats, which he noted will help children attend school free of charge. He reminded that in communities with roads, children are given bicycles.Just last week, while celebrating Emancipation with villagers at Number 53 Village on the Corentyne, the Head of State donated another 25 bicycles to children along the Corentyne Coast.“The most important thing about this boat — and I am reminding Chinoweng — is that children must go to school; children must not be kept away from school. I am proud of this presentation,” the Head of State told Chinoweng residents.The donation was made possible through Beverly Tapp of B & J Civil Works, in observance of her company’s 25th anniversary. Tapp said, “I decided that we are going to donate a boat (and engine). I just want you to use it safely and care it.” She noted that the business community is “here to support the people”.The contribution came at a time when the village is participating in the annual Upper Mazaruni District Games in Waramadong.
An investigation has been launched into the death of 2-year-old Romero Lucian, who died while receiving medical attention for a scorpion bite. The lad was reportedly bitten by the scorpion on Wednesday last at his home located at Kobarimo Hill, Mabaruma, North West District, Region One (Barima-Waini).Dead: Romero LucianThe child’s grandmother reportedly told health workers that on the day in question, the child’s mother heard him crying and upon checking, she noticed a scorpion in his pants.As a remedy, the grandmother killed the scorpion and took some of its remains to rub on the wound.This, she stated, did not help and as such, the child was taken to the Mabaruma Hospital. Whilst there, the relatives were told that there was no treatment for the bite and that the child would have to be air-dashed to Georgetown.Further, the relatives were told that a plane was expected to arrive and the necessary arrangements would be made for the child to be transported. The grandmother told the media that the aircraft arrived several hours later.Nevertheless, the child was transported to Ogle Airport but there was yet another delay since they had to wait on an ambulance. Eventually, the child was admitted and the treatment commenced but soon after, the relatives were given the devastating news.It is on this note that the grandmother lashed out at the manner in which her grandson’s case was handled. The incident was brought to the attention of Regional Chairman, Brentnol Ashely, who promised a full investigation.He has since requested a report from the health authorities at Mabaruma since the medical facility should have been equipped with the necessary medication to treat snake and scorpion bites.Meanwhile, a post-mortem performed on the body of the toddler proved that he died due to the collapse of his respiratory system, which was a direct result of the scorpion bite.