Ministers of Government, MPs join revellers to celebrate Mash 2018

DPI, GUYANA, Friday, February 23, 2018

The Department of Public Information (DPI) was on the streets of Georgetown today to get a glimpse of the excitement along the Mash route and caught up with several Ministers of Government and Members of Parliament, who extended Republic Day greetings to all Guyanese.

Revellers in the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Mash band.

Minister of Social Cohesion, Dr. George Norton was leading his band and called on Guyanese to join the fun and frolic on the streets in the spirit of togetherness.

He urged all to “come out and enjoy the sun, enjoy the music.”

Minister within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Annette Ferguson expressed joy that she was able to not only celebrate in the Ministry’s Mash band but by extension, with all Guyanese.

All the agencies falling under the Ministry’s purview portrayed the band’s design; as Minister Ferguson explained “that depicts an aircraft and represents what we are currently doing out there at CJIA. Behind the aircraft you can also find the control tower …outside of that we are also depicting solar energy because we are big on it so we have GEA being depicted there and also GPL. We also have wind power. That is something that is high on our agenda too.”

The minister also called on Guyanese to come out and enjoy the celebration and unite to foster the development taking place in the country.

Under the theme “Innovate, Educate and Transform” the Ministry of Public Telecommunications’ band showcased all the equipment necessary for enhancing the country’s communications landscape.

Public Telecommunications Minister, Catherine Hughes said, “We want to bring as much connectivity to all parts of Guyana because we feel once you have internet you can do so many things for education, for health, for entrepreneurial activities.”

The Minister is keeping her fingers crossed that her Ministry’s band will win this year as they did last year.

The DPI team got a glimpse of Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Valerie Garrido-Lowe who was busy representing her very colourful and coordinated band of revellers as they passed the first judges’ booth on Camp Street.

DPI also caught up with Member of Parliament, John Adams who was celebrating with the Ministry of Public Health’s band, whose major focus was on a healthy lifestyle.

According to Adams, “[In] the float today, we are dealing with chronic diseases and it shows that we do not only have the illnesses but it shows we also have the cure, mental illness is another important one to us.”

Minister within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Annette Ferguson smiles as she leads her ministry’s Mash band.

Minister of Social Cohesion, Dr. George Norton leads his ministry’s Mash band.


Some of the revellers in the Ministry of Social Cohesion’s Mash band.


The Ministry of Public Telecommunications Mash band.



By: Stacy Carmichael