Commonwealth Tree a “symbol of strength” – Min. Trotman at unveiling
DPI, GUYANA, Saturday, March 17, 2018
The Commonwealth Tree, planted in the compound of the Parliament buildings, was on Thursday unveiled by Speaker of the House, Dr. Barton Scotland in the presence of several Members of Parliament and the media.
The Terminalia Catappa or as it is commonly known, the almond tree, was planted five years ago by former Speaker, now Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman, and Opposition MP Dr. Vindhya Persaud, along with the Clerk of the National Assembly and other staff.
Minister Trotman, in brief remarks, thanked the Speaker and the staff of the Parliament for ensuring that the tree blossomed and was protected with an ornate fence.
Importantly, he said the tree is symbolic of the strength of the 53-nation Commonwealth and isa testimony to Guyana’s longstanding commitment and future relationship with the international body.
Humbled by the development of the project, Minister Trotman pointed out that, “much work must be done to reinforce the symbolism it stood for five years ago.”
Making reference to the strength of the roots of trees, which are closely linked together, the Opposition MP used the opportunity to call on her fellow parliamentarians to work closely together to ensure democracy is preserved.
“I do believe that the people of Guyana expect us to plant roots that will flower and produce good things for them,” she expressed.
The Speaker said additional work will be done to improve the aesthetics of the area surrounding the tree with the installation of two LED lights.
A suggestion made by MP Harry Gill, that on Commonwealth Day the flags of each nation be placed around the tree, was welcomed.
By: Stacy Carmichael