Foundation for the good life is beginning to take shape – Minister Garrido-Lowe at Region Two flag raising

GINA, GUYANA, Friday, May 26, 2017 The hoisting of the Golden Arrowhead today, brought about smiles on the faces of Region Two residents, as they joined with the nation in celebrating Guyana’s 51st Independence Anniversary. At the ceremony held at the Anna Regina Car Park, Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Valerie Garrido-Lowe noted that Guyana’s struggle for Independence was neither smooth nor peaceful, and was protracted, challenging and painful. Minister Garrido- Lowe said that Guyanese must not take for granted the sacrifices that their forefathers would have made for the nation to be where it is today.

Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Valerie Garrido-Lowe, watches as the Golden Arrowhead is being hoisted at the Anna Regina Car Park, Region Two

The Minister encouraged those present to not betray the sacrifices of those who fought for Guyana’s Independence. “We have too much at stake, we are a nation of six peoples, vast rainforests, mighty rivers and endless natural resources,” the Minister said. “Our most important but under- appreciated resource, is our people,” she pointed out. Guyana has less than a million people, but possesses enormous talents, skills, intellect and other admirable human attributes. She noted that once all Guyanese work together, the country will move forward into a modern, model nation state. The Minister said that the nation must tap into each individual, their talents, skills, expertise and ideas for the country to move forward. Minister Garrido-Lowe pointed out that all the natural resources which Guyana possesses will mean nothing if the people do not collectively join hands, hearts and minds to responsibly exploit these resources in the best interest of the people now and for future generations . The Minister commended the region on their clean and tidy surroundings, and implored the residents to continue to be an example to the rest of the nation. The Minister told residents the government has a plan for Region Two, stating that it is one of the most productive agricultural regions. Additionally, Minister Garrudo-Lowe said that the region plays an integral role in feeding Guyana. Regional Chairman, Davenand Ramdatt in his remarks said that as Guyana celebrates another milestone, it is vital for every citizen to reflect on the sacrifices of the country’s ancestors and be inspired to continue to dedicate their service for a brighter future that all Guyanese deserve. Ramdatt said that there is no place for those who seek to sow division. He said that “over the years, Region Two has set high standards for the rest of Guyana by fostering harmony among all.” He added that it is equally important for everyone to work with a common vision. He stated that suicide cases, road accidents, high employment, school drop outs, domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, single parenting and child abuse, are social issues that must be tackled regionally and nationally.

Mainstay dance group performing at the Region Two flag raising ceremony

The Regional Chairman said that the recent selection of Essequibian bowler, Royston Beaton to the West Indies team, displays that Region Two is working to develop the nation as a whole. Member of Parliament, Hemraj Rajkumar in brief remarks said that history must be remembered during celebrations. He added that, “we must appreciate those who would have made this celebration and celebrations to come possible.” Rajkumar encouraged those gathered to unite and show the world that “we can all be one.” The flag rising ceremony saw numerous cultural items such as a dance from the Mainstay dance group, songs by the Mighty Hunter and Dennis Tatpaul among other items. By: Gabriela Patram


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