GUYANA: Nigel Hinds resigns from NICIL over treatment of Success squatters by GuySuCo

Nigel Hinds

Nigel Hinds

By broek News – 16 October 2020      

Accountant Nigel Hinds today resigned with immediate effect from the Board of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) over the manner in which it has handled squatters at Success on the East Coast of Demerara.

The state holding company NICIL has begun flooding squatters out of the area and the police have fired pellets on several occasions when they said tensions rose and there were confrontations. Teargas has also been used on the squatters.     

Sources say in his resignation letter to NICIL Chair Paul Cheong, Hinds said that he wanted to disassociate himself from the “inhumane actions and onslaught on Guyanese residents that occupy the Success area on the East Coast of Demerara, an area of land that is owned by NICIL and not by the Guyana Sugar Corporation.

“Tear-gassing and shooting pellets on the residents of Success, destroying bridges and homes, flooding the area where they reside, are crude, cruel and callous actions; actions that cast a gloom over our nation.

“My continued presence on the NICIL Board creates the public impression that I support the barbaric and atrocious acts mentioned above; I do not support these actions, thus my resignation”.

Some of the residents in the area have refused to remove despite the flooding of the area.


SUCCESS ECD SQUATTERS BEING FLOODED OUT

HGPTV (Channel16 Cable67) – Oct 13, 2020

Over the weekend, the worst fears of the Success East Coast Demerara squatters became a reality as they watched in horror as the area they call home were flooded in an apparent last bid to displace them. More from Temika Rodney.

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  • kamtanblog  On October 17, 2020 at 2:44 am

    Simple Simon suggests
    Instead of applying “brute force and
    ignorance” to remove squatters why
    not offer an alternative.
    Q what is newly elected/appointed
    minister of housing
    doing about re-allocation or rehousing
    of squatters. ?

    The buck stops with MOH to find a solution.

    Who owns most of the 83.000m2 of Guyana ?
    Land grabbers/speculators/gov or people.
    A serious land reformation policy is uugently
    required especially in GT.

    For the umpteenth time
    Move capital city to higher ground nearest
    CJA ! No ifs or butts ?
    Bridge is planned already upriver …way forward.

    Kamtan uk-ex-EU
    PS two wealthiest land owners in UK
    HRH QE2
    Local/central government

  • guyaneseonline  On October 17, 2020 at 4:38 am

    Two in custody for robbing and disarming GuySuCo security guard

    – police shoot innocent squatters while leading search party

    Oct 17, 2020 – Kaieteur News – Two persons are now in police custody for allegedly robbing and disarming a security officer of the Guyana Sugar Corporation Incorporated (GuySuCo) who was placed in charge of an irrigation pump currently being used to disperse water to flood the Success squatting area on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD).
    Police sources told Kaieteur News that around 15:30hrs on Thursday afternoon, while guarding the pump located in the Success backdam, the two suspects allegedly attacked the GuySuCo guard with a cutlass, relieving him of his cell phone, all of his money and the shotgun he was armed with.
    Police reports state that the guard said the men hurled him to the ground and placed the cutlass to his neck while threatening him. Upon taking the gun, they also took the extra ammunition, which he was carrying in his pockets. Following the attack, the suspects then took the gun and discharged rounds at the drainage pump, leaving it with severe damage. They then made their escape on a motorcycle.
    The police were immediately contacted and soon flocked the scene, which led to a search party being carried out to find the suspects. It was stated that after a long sweep of the area, the two men were caught and detained by police late Thursday night. According to the police, the two suspects were found to be residents within the Success squatter settlement currently being flooded.
    Additionally, other reports surfaced stating that police ranks while on their search for the suspects shot a number of squatters in the area with rubber pellets. A live footage video on social media shows a few residents showing their injuries.
    In the footage, one of the residents claimed that there was no need for anyone to be shot because there was no disruption of peace. A 15-year-old boy said that he and others were standing nearby and the police ranks fired rubber pellets at them then started chasing behind another group of persons, firing at them too. The teen could be seen showing a bruise on his back.
    Another woman shared that she received lacerations to her hands and leg, and claimed that an elderly woman who she knew was rushed to the hospital after being shot multiple times. Other residents stated that they had to run to secure themselves and their children, describing the action as inhumane.
    The authorities, for several weeks, have been trying to get all of the squatters to vacate the lands, since they belong to GuySuCo and the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL). GuySuCo also maintained that the lands are being used to plant new cane species in light of plans to reopen the Enmore and La Bonne Intention estates.
    Claims are being made that the robbery and destruction of the irrigation pump were to halt the flooding of the settlements; many squatters have insisted that they will not be moving under any circumstances except if relocation is being offered by the government.

    • kamtanblog  On October 17, 2020 at 5:30 am

      Mafiosa tactics by both poo poo and
      squatters….what is minister of housing
      saying/doing ?

      That is the question
      To not speak or not to act.

      Kamtan

  • Yvonne-K  On October 17, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    It’s nice to see that someone has morals and principles and is willing to stand up for them.

  • Dennis Albert  On October 17, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    Nigel Hinds was a big critic of the coalition government—he was once accused of being a brown nose for Bharrat Jagdeo. Him resigning in the face of this should be worrisome to those who were gullible to believe that the PPP was democracy all along.

    • Linda  On October 17, 2020 at 2:48 pm

      If that’s the case then obviously the man has grown a conscience. The only people who are gullible to think that the PPP is for democracy are those who supported them and even then I wouldn’t call them gullible…..just persons who feel that it’s in their best interest to see them back on top regardless.

      • Dennis Albert  On October 17, 2020 at 8:32 pm

        Flooding up squatters is something that countries with extremely inhumane human rights abuses do. There is plenty land here; we have a population of 800,000 people, 850,000 if you count in the Venezuelans, but a land mass that is as large as England which has 70 million people.

        The problem is that the PPP elites and corrupt multi-nationals own land that are larger than Caribbean islands like Puerto Rico, Barbados, Trinidad and even Jamaica.

  • Yvonne-K  On October 18, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    Who are really the sanctimonious gangsters? One only have to look back on the PPP 22 years of governance and all the filth that’s coming out now with regard to that time and leadership. Have you noticed that the PPP gallery who spewed their venom against President Granger have all crawled back into their crab holes since the PPP got the nod to form the government. Most of them don’t even live in Guyana but they just could not help themselves in their quest to support a corrupt party filled with criminals just so that their race can remain on top. Sooner or later it will all come crashing down. Dirty deeds don’t go unpunished.

  • Dennis Albert  On October 18, 2020 at 2:12 pm

    The funny thing is that those PPP supporters live like second class citizens in NYC or Toronto. They are also mistreated by people who live in shacks from densely populated crappy cities in the Far East.

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