Over 50 bicycles, boat handed over to students of Mabaruma

-Under President Granger’s Five-Bs programme

DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Over fifty bicycles and a boat were handed over to students residing in far-flung and riverine communities within the Mabaruma sub-District today. This brings a total of 1,405 bicycles and 10 boats handed over to students across the country, thus far under President David Granger Five-B programme (boats, bicycles, buses, breakfasts and books).

Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Sydney Allicock, Director of Sport, Christopher Jones, Mayor of Mabaruma, Henry Smith and Regional Executive Officer (REO) Leslie Wilburg attended the presentation ceremony.

In his remarks, Minister Allicock explained that the five-B initiative was in response to the needs identified by the people of Region One and Guyana as a whole.

“It is our aim to assist these students in accessing education because it is the key to success in everything we do. This access to a quality education will allow our children to become visionary leaders and entrepreneurs and will enable them to use the rich resources that are available right at our fingertips in a progressive and productive way.”

Minister Allicock urged the students to take care of the bicycles.

Director of Sports, Christopher Jones, who provided an overview of the Five-Bs programme reminded that the initiative was launched in 2015 by President David Granger on his birth anniversary.

Jones said that the programme is part of the government’s vision of ensuring all of Guyana’s school-aged children have access to quality education regardless of their location. “The transformational development happening in Mabaruma is a testimony to the government’s vision for this country.”

He said Mabaruma can boast of having paved roads, a modern Kumaka market, a green space, a spice factory, solar farm, a radio station, fire station among other significant achievements.

“This process will continue,” Jones said, adding that in terms of development, the Mabaruma municipality is leading the way.

On October 09, Minister of Social Protection, Amna Ally commissioned a David ‘G’ School Bus in the East Canje Berbice, bringing a total of 29 buses commissioned across the country thus far.

Synieka Thorne.

Images: Anil Seelall.

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