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Georgetown, Guyana – (December 18, 2015) President David Granger along with Vice-President and Minister of Amerindian Affairs, Mr. Sydney Allicock; Minister of Social Cohesion, Ms. Amna Ally, and Minister of Communities, Mr. Ronald Bulkan, this morning, met with 12 Toshaos and a number of Village Councillors from Cuyuni-Mazaruni, Region Seven to discuss problems affecting their livelihoods.

The Toshaos, led by Mr. Casey Hastings from Kako Village, Upper Mazaruni, said that problems in the mining sector, security, especially at the border, and education were among the most pressing matters the group raised with the President his Ministers, during the meeting at the Ministry of the Presidency.

“We have been raising these issues over and over in the past and now we felt that it is time to present them to the President…he promised to investigate them further and take action,” Mr. Hastings said.

Indigenous leaders from Kako, Paruima, Kamarang, Waramadong, Jawalla, Imbaimadai, Chenowing, Phillipai, Kaikan, Arrau, and Isseneru were also at the meeting.

President David Granger (fourth from left) is flanked by Minister of Social Cohesion, Ms. Amna Ally (left) and (on his right) Minister of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Mr. Sydney Allicock; Minister of Communities, Mr. Ronald Bulkan; and Advisor on Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Mr. Mervyn Williams pay keen attention as an Indigenous leader makes a presentation.

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