Despite rehabilitating several grounds in Region Six recently, the National Industrial and Commercial and Investments Limited (NICIL) has backed up with several other community centre grounds being rehabilitated in Region Five. According to the acting Chief Executive Officer, Colvin Heath-London, this forms part of his company’s efforts in further enhancing sports growth and development at the community level.
He disclosed that through this initiative he foresees more youths getting actively and intimately involved in sports, thus resulting in the reduction of a number of social ills. “Our country unfortunately is plague with several social ills challenges and as a company genuinely interested in playing a meaningful role, we have sought to assist communities by helping to make their grounds available for usage by the young people within their respective communities,” Heath –London said.
The grounds that have benefitted are Fort Wellington, Onverwagt, Litchfeild, three grounds in Seafield and No 28 ground, while these additional grounds in Region 6 were completed, Rose Hall Corentyne behind the police outpost, Liverpool and Kildonan which was stopped due to rain.
He stressed that this forms part of NICIL’s social responsibility and while they are several sporting organisations and associations making their contribution to the holistic development of their respective sporting discipline, NICIL is seeking to make their impact through the community centre grounds. He pointed out that NICIL has been providing technical assistance and human resources in enhancing a number of grounds so that the various communities can effectively use them.
“We had found that while several communities had grounds many of these grounds were not being used because they were either overgrown with weed or not in a condition that would allow persons to properly use them, so we have decided to assist in fixing several of these grounds so the youths can have a place where they can go and either do something positive or enhance their sporting skills and talents,” he said.
Heath-London gave the assurance that like Region Five and Six they intend to assist in every region within Guyana, declaring that several of the grounds in and around Region Five have now benefitted. “We are happy when we can lend our resources and assistance to ensure that the grounds are fixed as it will see several of our young people benefiting in a very significant way, so we are extremely happy and like several of the residents who approached us they are grateful and thankful for what we are doing.” Heath-London said.
He urged communities’, leaders and elders to get involved by directing the young people in their communities to these grounds that are available, stating that the grounds would be of no purpose unless it is being used by those who they are intended to benefit.
“Regardless of how much monies you spend on a community what is critically important is ensuring that the infrastructure that is available is being utilised in a positive and beneficial way as without resources like these then no real development can take place. However, the residents through community leaders and elders can play their part in directing the youths, while ensuring that the facilities being made available is not abused but rather embraced, protected and maintained,” he said.
Source: Kaieteur News.