Make Region Five attractive to its youths- Min. Hastings


  • Region observes Guyana’s 52nd Independence anniversary

DPI, GUYANA, Saturday, May 26, 2018

The Mahaica-Berbice administration and residents have been called on to make the community a conducive one that will encourage its youths to reside there.

Golden Arrow Head being hoisted.

This was the call by Minister of Public Affairs Dawn Hastings-Williams as the region joined countrywide observations of Guyana’s 52nd Independence anniversary.  In her feature address, Minister Hasting-Williams noted the region’s potential and called upon the private sector to invest in youths.

“This region must be a place where our young people want to dwell, even if they have to leave the region to further their studies, they must be willing to return to serve the residents of Region Five.”

As the country celebrates 52 years as an independent nation the minister said it is a celebration of “our victories and reminding ourselves of who we are, where we are, where we are going and our purpose as a nation.” She reminded residents that unity is vital to Guyana’s future development and they all have a role to play in ensuring this is realised.

The observance held at the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) at Fort Wellington, saw many residents turning out to witness the hoisting of the Golden Arrow Head.

Tracey Reece said, “52 years is a great achievement that our country has made it has made me proud.”

Imran Saccoor opined that Guyanese should celebrate the 52 years of independence with pride and dignity. “We need to respect that mileage that we have achieved over the years. As it relates to Guyana and where it currently stands, we are going to be experiencing some exciting times ahead of us in terms of the whole prospect of oil and gas so we need to be prepared for that.”

Pradeep Bachan called for unity and social cohesion, especially among Guyana’s leaders. Bachan said “I am 52 also, so it is a great privilege for me to be here and I think that Guyana has come a far way even though with the difference in the political arena. I think there should be unity between both government and opposition as we take Guyana forward.”

In 1966, Guyana gained political independence after being ruled by the British for over 350 years.


By: Isaiah Braithwaite

Images by Shane Clement.

Students of the Mahicony Secondary School playing the steel pan.

Students of Rosignol Secondary performing a national song.



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