Region Four flag raising -AG stresses importance of a constitution to an independent nation

GINA, GUYANA, Thursday, May 25, 2017

Flag raising ceremonies to mark Guyana’s Independence anniversary started today. The Golden Arrowhead was hoisted this morning in the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) Compound of Region Four. Minister of Legal Affairs, Attorney General (AG), and Senior Counsel, Basil Williams delivered the feature address, emphasising that the Constitution is important to an independent nation.

The Golden Arrowhead being hoisted in the compound of the Regional Democratic Council Compound

Minister Williams said that the entire idea of Independence in any nation is to foster unity, despite diversity. Minister Williams noted that once citizens understand the intent behind the laws of their country, they can be better guided.

However, the Attorney General said that despite there are differences, all Guyanese must work together to create and develop Guyana.  The Minister also pointed out that education is very important to any nation.  He explained that when citizens know the laws of their country, they are empowered.

Minister Williams told those gathered that he has great appreciation for former Presidents, Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham and Cheddi Jagan who would have fought for Guyana’s independence. He noted that, “the two men did not see race or colour of skin, but displayed unity, an example that all Guyanese should follow.”

Regional Chairperson, Region Four, Genevieve Allen said the region has a ‘lush history’ and noted that whatever decisions are made, must be for the region’s betterment. Allen listed a number of historic attractions that are present in the region and that speak to its history.  She encouraged persons to look to the President, David Granger, and the Ministers among others for guidance, noting that the government has “a wonderful vision for Guyana.”

Additionally, Regional Executive Officer (REO), Pauline Lucas encouraged residents to reflect and respect the work their forefathers would have done that set the groundwork for their presence today. She encouraged persons to put aside their political differences, and work together for the betterment of the country.

The celebrations saw in attendance members of the disciplined forces, the RDC and NDC and residents. There were renditions of poems and songs.

Guyana is celebrating its 51st Independence Anniversary under the theme- Unity and Diversity in a Green Economy.

The country gained its independence from Great Britain on May 26, 1966.

 

By: Gabreila Patram

Minister of Legal Affairs, and Attorney General and Senior Counsel, Basil Williams inspecting the Guard of Honour

Minister of Legal Affairs, Attorney General and Senior Counsel, Basil Williams delivering the feature address at Region Four’s, 51st Independence Celebrations

Regional Executive Officer, Pauline Lucas

Regional Chairman of Region Four, Genevieve Allen delivering remarks at Region Four’s 51st Independence celebrations

 

The Guyana Police Force being part of the Guard of Honour Parade

 

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