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Former Parliamentarian Stanley Ming believes the time has come to phase out wooden kokers – 19th Mar 2013

kokerFormer Chairman of one of the largest private sector engineering firms, Industrial Engineers, Stanley Ming said, Government should move away from Greenheart kokers to aluminium or even steel structures.

The businessman told Capitol News that most of the koker systems were built by the Dutch Government as early as the 1920’s and that they have outlived their lifespan.

Ming’s comments came against the backdrop of the collapsing of the koker at Kingston, which has caused massive flooding in the community and several other areas in the city.

Ming said a quotation to that effect was submitted to the Ministry of Works and Communication for consideration.

He also expressed concern that after one week of the collapse there has not been a permanent replacement.

Ming who was instrumental in drafting the Guyana 21 Plan which is aimed at modernizing the country, said its time for the retrofitting of all the kokers, since there are only three types of kokers used in Guyana.

Kingston residents continue to complain that this is the third time that the area has experienced such flooding in recent times. Residents pleaded with the Government to take quick action, not just to correct the issue on a short term basis, but permanently.

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