Commemorative stamps mark late President Janet Jagan’s centenary

– President Ali highlights her sterling contributions

His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali today unveiled a collection of commemorative stamps to observe the centenary birth anniversary of late former President Janet Jagan, OE.

In his address at the launching ceremony, which was held in the Baridi Benab at State House, President Ali said Mrs. Jagan was a defender of Guyanese rights.

“It was her example of resilience and persistence that her party used during the period from March to August of this year when there was a criminal conspiracy to steal our elections. Inspired by her tenacious spirit, our party resisted the attempts to deny the democratic will of the people,” the Head of State said.

While Mrs. Jagan’s indelible contribution to the fight against colonial rule and dictatorship cannot be denied, President Ali said her selfless service led to the upliftment of the working-class people.

“Their struggles became her struggles. Her efforts contributed to the uplifting of all of their conditions. Janet Jagan fought for a fairer and more equal society. She used the political offices held in various times to work particularly for the improvements of workers and for workers’ rights,” the President said.

Dr. Ali praised the former president’s legislative successes which reduced working hours for store workers, extended protections for domestic workers, and established housing for working class families. Mrs. Jagan was further lauded for extending primary healthcare.

Regarding freedom of the press, the Head of State described Mrs. Jagan as a strong advocate for the freedom of journalists and democracy both at home and abroad.

Meanwhile, in his address, Prime Minister, Hon. Brigadier (ret’d) Mark Phillips said the event follows the precedent set where the country honours its history, culture and traditions through postage stamps.

“This practice eternalises the work and the memory of a true visionary – a woman of extraordinary political significance to Guyana… Mrs. Jagan stands as a pillar of historical greatness,” Prime Minister Phillips said.

The Prime Minister praised Mrs. Jagan’s sterling contributions towards the advancement of women’s rights and a more equal society.  

The ceremony was spearheaded by the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre (CJRC). Chairman of the CJRC, Mr. Hydar Ally and Mrs. Jagan’s great-nephew, Mr. Ion Jagan also delivered remarks.

The limited edition commemorative stamps will be available at post offices across the country from October 21.

Former President, Mr. Donald Ramotar, former Prime Minister, Mr. Samuel Hinds, other ministers, parliamentarians and officials also attended the event.

Mrs. Jagan died on March 28, 2009.