Develop the finest parliamentary traditions – PM urge young parliamentarians

DPI, GUYANA, Friday, August 11, 0217

Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo encouraged this year’s youth parliamentarians not to be “daunted by what you see happening in our national parliamentary forum” since it is a clear demonstration of a “working parliamentary democracy”.

Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and Speaker of the National Assembly Dr. Barton Scotland, presents the Speaker of this year’s youth Parliament, Tyrese Johnson, with his certificate.

The PM delivered this advice, during his feature presentation at the closing dinner reception for the 2017 youth parliament held at De Impeccable Banquet Hall, Brickdam on Thursday night.

“Parliamentarians I’d like to encourage you to develop the finest traditions in the life of parliament,” PM Nagamootoo charged the 40 participants. Secondary school students from nine administrative regions participated in the week long activity which culminated with a National Assembly sitting on Thursday.

The participants were also encouraged to read more. “Reading is a magic that opens up our talent and our intuition and I want to encourage all young potential parliamentarians that they should read and read,” PM

Leader of the Opposition, Zóé Sills, receives the Speaker’s Award from the Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr. Barton Scotland.

Nagamootoo charged.

Meanwhile, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr. Barton Scotland, congratulated the young parliamentarians for their tremendous efforts. “We saw there was a great deal of interaction among students. I think in every expectation we had, we were not disappointed,” Dr. Scotland noted.

The students were presented with certificates and cash vouchers for their participation by the PM, the Speaker and Members of Parliament.

The Best Speaker, Sherlyn Semple, and Best Debater, Tyriq Scott, were presented with electronic tablets from BCA Guyana, a consulting and accounting firm. Leader of the Opposition Zóé Sills received the Speaker Award for displaying great leadership attributes and exception camaraderie.

The objective of the Youth Parliament is to ensure young people are involved in parliamentary democracy, understand the principles that underpin democracy while developing elocution skills.


By: Tiffny Rhodius

Best Speaker Sherlyn Semple receives her prize from a BAC Guyana representative.

Best Debater Tyriq Scott receives his prize from a BAC Guyana Representative.


Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples Affairs and Parliament’s Sargent-at-Arms interacting with the young parliamentarians.

Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo interacting with Nia Williams, who served as Prime Minister at this year’s Youth Parliament.



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