Norton warns of reliance on ‘documents’ – Demerara Waves Online News – Guyana
Updated on Friday, August 26, 2022 at 4:47 p.m. by Denis Chabrol
On Thursday night, Opposition Leader Aubrey Norton warned Guyanese against becoming dependent on government ‘handouts’ but at the same time encouraged them to take cash grants because it’s it’s taxpayers’ money.
“While I say take the money because you are entitled to it, you have to know that aid cannot lift you out of poverty,” he told a modest rally at a public meeting in Mahdia, the capital of the Eight region (Potaro-Siparuni).
He advised supporters not to fall prey to the People’s Progressive Party civic administration using treasury money. It cannot solve our problems,” he said.
Mr Norton accused President Irfaan Ali of paying lip service to the concept of one Guyana by effectively dividing Guyana in the provision of services.
Mr Norton accused the PPP of doing nothing to tackle poverty. Instead, he said the level of poverty in the identified areas should be determined in order to develop appropriate strategies. “What will lift you out of poverty are appropriate programs and policies that aim to address the poverty you find yourself in,” he said.
The Leader of the Opposition said the quality of life could be improved by, among other things, solving crimes, having proper tax regimes and providing incentives for small businesses. “The PPP does not offer any program that can solve the problems of poverty,” he said.
The Guyanese government has provided cash assistance to farmers, fishers, Guyanese in general for COVID, and grants to school-aged children as well as people with disabilities.