Regional Chairman Devanand Ramdatt is calling for an immigration office to be set up in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam). “Recently, I visited the Passport Office in Georgetown and was very impressed by the level of professionalism and timely response offered by the staff as they served the public … The Regional Democratic Council of Region Two reiterates its call for the processing of machine readable passports in Region Two,” he posited.According to Ramdatt, the burdens placed on Essequibians – travel expenses and time loss among other challenges – could not be overemphasised. He went on to point out that Region Two and its neighbouring regions contribute significantly to Guyana’s economy and as such, should also be outfitted with these critical services.“Our Minister of Citizenship had committed during a flag-raising ceremony in February 2017 to address this concern … Fifty-two years after Independence, it is only fair that there is equality in the services offered and we enjoy similar benefits given to other regions,” the Regional Chairman asserted.This call by Ramdatt comes on the heels of ongoing efforts by the coalition Government to decentralise key public services across all the regions of the country. It was reported that new immigration offices will be constructed in Regions Two, Seven and Eight.Already, an immigration office was recently completed in Linden, Region 10. Construction of the 2000 square-foot building, which is located at Lot 43 Mackenzie, begun back in January following a sod-turning ceremony in December.The office is expected to process other documents such as birth and death certificates.Prior to this, there was another sod-turning exercise in Fort Ordnance, Canje, Berbice, Region Six, for the construction of a passport office at that location.