Region Nine, a land with a world of possibilities- Minister Hastings-Williams -at Independence flag raising ceremony

GINA, GUYANA, Friday, May 26, 2017

Lethem, Region Nine last evening joined several other regions in celebrating Guyana’s 51st Independence Anniversary under the theme “Unity and Diversity in a Green Economy”.

Minister within the Ministry of Communities, Dawn Hastings- Williams told the residents of Lethem that they have much to celebrate since the new administration took office.

“Lethem has always been known to be the land with a world of possibilities, and lots of potential,” Minister Hastings- Williams noted.

Minister within the Ministry of Communities, Dawn Hastings- Williams delivering the key note address at the 51st Independence Flag Raising ceremony in Lethem

One such potential is the fact that His Excellency, David Granger on October 21, 2015 named Lethem officially a town. Minister Hastings-Williams added that the government held Local Government Elections because it “wanted you (Lethem residents) to play a greater role in the decision making process so that your plans and dreams for the region can become a reality, since potential is here.”

The Golden Arrowhead being raised at the 51st Independence Flag Raising ceremony in Lethem

Minister Hastings- Williams told the gathering that in order for the region to advance, residents need to put aside their differences and work towards the goals of the region. She added that  if that is being done, and their goals are being met, then Lethem will be a model town.

Regional Chairman, Brian Allicock spoke about the plans for Region Nine for 2017. He indicated that  the region is open and willing to use the human resources available to further its development.

Allicock encouraged the residents to apply and join the public service system so they can be meaningfully employed in their region and develop both its economy and infrastructure.

The Regional Chairman thanked the Guyana Police Force for the work it has been doing over the years to reduce the crime situation and committed to supporting them on all ground.

Mayor of Lethem, Carlton Beckles said that Lethem is on a path of becoming a capital town which is at another level of goverance.

Minister within the Ministry of Communities- Dawn Hastings- Williams, Liza Mari- Vice Consulate of Brazil in Lethem Guyana, Regional Chairman of Region Nine- Brian Allicock, Mayor of Lethem- Carlton Beckles, Member of Parliament- Alister Charlie, regional executives and personnel of the armed forces in Guyana and Brazil

The Mayor noted that because of the decentralisation of authority, Lethem is now able to decide on the quality of roads they want and to plan and execute their declaration as a town and town week activities.

“Never allow anyone to make you a hostage to your past, and even more critically,  never allow your own thinking to mire you in the past to failure,” Mayor Beckles urged.

A section of the gathering at the 51st Independence Flag Raising ceremony in Lethem

By Delon Sancho

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