Friday 4 December, 2020

Chaguanas elects 28-year-old female mayor

Rural Development and Local Government Minister Kazim Hosein (right) congratulates new Chaguanas Mayor, Vandana Mohit (left). Photo via Facebook, Minister Kazim Hosein.

Rural Development and Local Government Minister Kazim Hosein (right) congratulates new Chaguanas Mayor, Vandana Mohit (left). Photo via Facebook, Minister Kazim Hosein.

United National Congress (UNC) Councillor for Cunupia, Vandana Mohit, 28, is the new mayor of Chaguanas.

She was elected at the first meeting of the Borough Corporation’s Council, following the swearing-in of new Aldermen on Tuesday.

In extending congratulations to Mohit, the UNC said she represents the next generation of the nation’s leaders and expressed confidence that she will do Chaguanas and the party proud.  

This is her third term as councillor, having been re-elected as the Local Government Representative for Cunupia where she has served since 2013. 

Mohit shared her plans for the Borough, saying that she plans to continue to work to fulfill the UNC’s vision for Chaguanas.

“I am humbled and honoured, and I am ready to work with the Council to implement programmes and initiatives that will benefit the people of the Borough,” she said.

She added that the PNM has failed the people of Chaguanas and citizens across the country and the UNC was ready to hit the ground running to treat with problems affecting burgesses.

“The UNC is ready to return good governance to our country,” she said.

UNC Councillor for Charlieville, Faaiq Mohammed, was re-appointed Deputy Mayor.

He served in the position over the period 2016-2019.

Mohammed said he intends to provide the best service that the Chaguanas borough has to offer and the best representation to the community.

Rural Development and Local Government Minister Kazim Hosein congratulated Mohit and said he looked forward to working with the newly-installed council.

Hosein, who has forty years of service at the local government level, offered words of advice to the new council.

He urged them to put the people first, keeping in mind that they have been elected to serve the burgesses.

He stressed the importance of having a good relationship with fellow members of council because they also represent communities.

The Minister also warned against falling in love with office. 

"Our term in office will come and go but what we do will make a difference."

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