Guyana: We have the land we can accommodate everybody – Finance Minister on Hurricane Dorian

“Guyana is fortunate as it is not in the hurricane, volcano nor earthquake belt”.

“We have such a big land we can accommodate everybody.” This was stated by Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan, who has also called on countries to take stock of the devastating impact of climate change.

The devastation in a part of The Bahamas following Dorian’s passage (

Minister Winston Jordan

Minister Jordan said the destruction wrought in the Bahamas, “is telling us something.” As such, countries prone to such intense tropical cyclones, need to heed the warning.   

According to the Finance Minister, hurricanes at 155 miles per hour are considered a category 5. Hurricane Dorian, however, was moving at 185 with winds in excess 200 mph.

“The scale has been broken. If it were a new scale, this would have been a category 8. It is becoming more intense, and we have to take heed,” he noted.

He added that those areas, in many ways, may have to be abandoned, noting that there is enough space in Guyana for those battered by the tropical storm.

“Guyana will welcome everybody with open arms. We have such a big land so we can accommodate everybody. We have a couple of small islands in the Essequibo, so we will want to do something about it,” he said at a forum on Friday.

While Guyana’s arms are opened to welcome victims, the government, through the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), has also been ramping up support for Bahamians, coordinating programmes to provide relief to the victims of the now post-tropical cyclone.

Guyana has always been supportive and receptive of victims of tropical storms. When hurricanes Irma and Maria ravaged several Caribbean countries back in 2017, many Guyanese living in those parts returned home and were reintegrated. Among those countries were Dominica, Barbuda – the sister island of Antigua, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and Anguilla.

Meanwhile, Minister Jordan said Guyana is fortunate as it is not in the hurricane, volcano nor earthquake belt.

“What we saw in terms of the destruction [left by Hurricane Dorian], and the height of the water is not only frightening for those who are experiencing it, but is frightening to imagine.”

On September 1, the eye of Hurricane Dorian made landfall on the Abaco Islands with maximum sustained winds of 185 mph (295 km/h), making it the strongest hurricane on record to affect the northwestern Bahamas. Hurricane Dorian killed at least 43 people in The Bahamas – 35 on Abaco and eight on Grand Bahamas.

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  • kamtanblog  On 09/10/2019 at 3:46 am

    Wonderful idea !
    A vote winner !
    Come on Mr Presidente use your
    power and welcome these destitute
    Guyana the bread baske of the carribean
    can feed house and clothe all dem small
    island people’s….am sure some have the skills
    Guyana Is desperately in need of.
    As for dem rich Trinis offer dem investment
    in “farming food production” …farmland for farming not “land speculation”
    Guyana desperately needs a land “reformation”
    act in parliament. Law to protect it from
    the “land speculation” of past !

    My take

  • Trevor  On 09/10/2019 at 7:03 am

    We don’t want no Jeffrey Epstein or land speculator here man!

    Freddie can tell the public how many Guyanese are having a hard time getting house lot, but this Minister wants to bring in wealthy Bahamians to drive up land prices?

    • kamtanblog  On 09/10/2019 at 7:23 am

      Simple Simon says
      Vote him out !
      Protest outside his ministry
      demand his resignation !
      Kick his arse !

      Power to the people

      We have 650 jackasses here in UK
      elected by donkies !
      Some are trying their best but most
      are just “canvassing” for votes !
      Hypocrites loyal to their party not the
      people who put them there !

      One has to be proactive in today
      democracies …political arena!


  • wally n  On 09/10/2019 at 11:59 am

    In Canada, Government “We will settle them in our wide open spaces” They have no intention of living in “Open Spaces” all end up in Toronto fighting homeless for housing. Same in all developed countries, some people are so stupid, not a drop of oil has come out of the ground, but the Government is ready to spend it on outsiders.

    • Trevor  On 09/10/2019 at 4:46 pm

      Its GY$30 MILLION or US$150,000 for a house in Blankenburg, West Coast Demerara and almost US$500,000 for a house in the 10 mile radius of East Coast Demerara.

      House prices hate skyrocketed here!

  • Denise  On 09/10/2019 at 12:24 pm

    Having the land to accommodate displaced Bahamians is one thing but once they get there, how will they sustain themselves. Are there jobs available for the newcomers. Last I heard, Guyanese themselves couldn’t find work. I know food would not be a big problem as there’s lots of food to be had in Guyana but it’s the other amenities that will be needed. I doubt rich Bahamians will be wanting to go to Guyana….they will head to the U.S. and welcomed with open arms because they will not be dependent on the U.S. government to take care of them. They would be going in with CASH!!!!

    • Trevor  On 09/10/2019 at 4:52 pm

      Rich anyone are coming here to speculate on land prices. It’s over $500,000 United States dollars for a house anywhere within 10 miles of GT either way!

  • panbrowne  On 09/10/2019 at 1:05 pm

    Let’s show them some love.
    We must help others. God has been so good to us’He has given us oil
    And “oil don’t spoil”

    • Trevor  On 09/10/2019 at 4:44 pm

      Aunty man Jagdeo helped Exxon secure offshore blocks, and no, we are not allowed as Guyanese to drill for oil, because Exxon owns most of the oil blocks and can do what ever they want.

      • kamtanblog  On 09/10/2019 at 9:13 pm

        The oil offshore does not belong to
        Guyana. It belongs to the developers
        who will profit from its extraction/marketing.
        Demand/supply governs its price in world markets. OPEC probably one of the biggest players. USA stockpiles its
        yearly supply underground. Oil is traded
        in USD (worlds reserve currency).
        China India demand for oil will probably
        double over next decade or two.
        Will oil be traded in USD for next
        two decades…doubt it !
        Some argue that it will be traded in
        Crypto currencies to avoid the ERM
        (Exchange rate mechanisms)
        of the planet. We are speculating here
        as China holds more USD reserves
        than USA. USA/EU/UK have been
        printing $ € £ 24/7 since b4 2008
        world recession.
        Will we have another recession soon.
        We can but speculate.!
        Interesting times with many political
        uncertainties ahead.
        Nov 2020 USA elections.
        Will Humpty Dumpty be re-elected.?

        The crystal ball for the political dilemma
        predictions of 2020 and beyond.


      • Trevor  On 09/11/2019 at 9:55 am

        Recession coming means Exxon and Tullow can get to drill oil for cheap cheap! I’ve seen how oil prices went from US$150 a barrel in 2008, and then when the recession started in the late months of 2018, dunked down to low US$20s.

        Exxon and the capitalist classes aren’t that stupid; I give them credit for that. They know oil prices will plumment and makes it easier to understate oil. Drill oil when it’s low, refine in Trinidad and Texas, and sell for a higher price.

      • Trevor  On 09/11/2019 at 9:59 am

        Freddie says that the “Local Content policy” is a hallmark of post-colonial exploitation that even the trade unions and WPA should be infuriated about. Foreign billion-dollar multinationals are allowed to import tax-free, and they can hire foreign firms which aren’t required to pay taxes or even register to the Guyanese offices.

        One reporter from KN even lamented that those Liza Destiny ships will be added to the capital costs that the GoG has to repay.

        One ship alone costs almost US$1 billion dollars. Exxon might need several more as the ship could only hold a million barrels of oil at at time, and Exxon plans to drill for a million barrels daily by 2025, which might mean at least 10 of those Liza Destiny ships.

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