Ann Regina gets $12M upgraded, multi-functional post office

Anna Regina residents and its environs were October 9 reconnected with vital postal services when Minister of Public Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes, postal officials, personnel and residents joined in the reopening of the newly refurbished Anna Regina Post Office.

At a cost of G$12.6M, the renovated facility which saw work commencing in July of this year, is now fully able to serve wheelchair bound customers and other persons with disabilities. It is equipped with extended seating facility, particularly designed for the comfort of senior citizens; upgraded washrooms and a newly installed ICT hub that will be fully functional in a matter of weeks. The opening of the Anna Regina Post Office also commemorates another year of postal service; an industry that has existed for more than 200 years, and acknowledged globally on October 9, World Post Day.

Minister Hughes delivering her feature speech at the World Post Day event
Minister Hughes delivering her feature speech at the World Post Day event

Minister Hughes in her feature address told the gathering that the reopening of the post office signified another noteworthy stride by the government to deliver convenient, quality postal service to citizens. She said that the facility has been upgraded to ensure optimum service delivery that would prevent residents from having to travel far distances to conduct transactions.

“The intention is to use every available facility to take public services to citizens and to save them the cost and inconvenience of travelling outside of their communities or regions to access them.” “To this end, the aim remains to renovate and rehabilitate initially, key post offices that would be able to deliver services to its maximum number of persons.”

A section of the attendees during the opening of the upgraded Anna Regina Post Office on World Post Day
A section of the attendees during the opening of the upgraded Anna Regina Post Office on World Post Day

Minister Hughes had announced at another event that all rehabilitated post offices would be equipped with ICT facilitation. She told the Anna Regina, Essequibo residents that the government is still keen on this initiative which would also serve as an alternate income generator for the post office.

“We recognize that in an ever changing technological world where service is increasingly being provided at the touch of a button, so must the postal service be able to adapt and diversify to ensure the continued delivery of quality postal service.” The minister pointed out that apart from the traditional postal provisions, the ICT hub will allow persons to access other types of services such as those from important agencies that might not have a presence within the region.

She said citizens can depend on post offices to have internet access that would allow them to make free online calls, conduct business transactions and access information among other services. She said, “Every individual may not have personal access to the internet, but all citizens should have access to a post office providing free or affordable internet available services.”

The reopening of the Anna Regina post office saw the presence of Chairman of the Guyana Post Office Corporation Board, Rev. Dr. Murtland Massiah, Postmaster General (ag.) Mrs. Anastasia Jessemy Lynch and regional officials.