‘Govt will stand by the people of Baramita’ Minister Allicock -Several developments over the last three years highlighted
DPI, Guyana, Thursday, May 24, 2018
The residents of Baramita, Region One (Baraima-Waini) have been assured that the Coalition Government will stand by them and provide all the support necessary for them to realise their goals.
Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Sydney Allicock made the commitment at the community’s annual Flag Raising ceremony at the Baramita Primary School, in observance of Guyana’s 52nd Independence Anniversary.
He stated, “We over the three years, have heard your cries and we are working to make you more comfortable…I want to tell you that your government is with you and we will continue to be support in realising the goals that you would have set.”
The minister noted his satisfaction with the progress made and commended those who played a role in the developmental process.
According to Minister Allicock, over the past three years, the government has placed much emphasis on education, ensuring that every child attends school. In Baramita, nursery, primary and secondary schools were constructed. The ministry also provided scholarships for youths to further their education at institutions in Georgetown.
Other interventions included the construction of a new hospital, the distribution of some 500 birth certificates, the rehabilitation of Village Council and Community Guest House and construction of a ‘hot meal kitchen’.
Minister Allicock reminded that it was on May 26, 1966, that Guyana gained its independence. Fifty-two years onwards the country, he reminded, is still growing and developing. “We, the government will continue to build this nation. We will work in the various sectors of health, security, infrastructure, agriculture, social cohesion, to build on the dream we have for a healthy nation.”
Minister Allicock said that the government will continue to provide opportunities for the indigenous peoples to equip themselves with the skills that will allow them to contribute to this development.
He emphasised, “We want to have a collaborative approach where we have the elders who have set the foundation. The ministry will continue to offer scholarships to those who are qualified to go the next step in their education so that they can be properly rounded for the development that we anticipate. We want to have more teachers, mechanics, IT specialist, nurses, doctors, engineers and most of all more agriculturist because as long as our stomachs are filled you think about the others things.”
The National Flag was hoisted at 09:00 hours this morning, and witnessed by students along with their teachers and parents.
By: Synieka Thorne
Images by Derrick Bridgemohan.