Unity and Patriotism underscored at Region Six 48th Republic flag raising celebrations
DPI, Guyana, Friday, February 23, 2018
There was a common call for unity and patriotism from the speakers at the Region Six East Berbice- Corentyne’s (Region Six’s) 48th Republic Flag Raising Ceremony.
Returning to her hometown, Minister of Education Nicolette Henry, delivered the feature address on the town’s State House Lawns before the Golden Arrow Head was hoisted.
Reiterating President David Granger’s vision for regional sustainable economic development, the Minister noted the many developments that were occurring within the region and by extension the country.
Among those integral services and infrastructural developments listed by the minister was the construction of an immigration office; a fully equipped Maternity Unit with all the modern facilities, and the rehabilitation of the Esplanade Park which will create an environment for access to a clean space for recreational activities.
Minister Henry spoke of a ‘tectonic shift in Guyana’s economy’ and advised Berbicians to ensure that they are part of the change. She said all Guyanese needed to be prepared to contribute in an optimal way to the development of the country. She explained, “This is the time to research, educate, retrain, seek and complete the necessary skills qualification you need to be part of the 21st Century workforce that will take Guyana to places we have all dreamt of.”
The Minister also called on Region Six youths to see themselves as integral to the nation’s development.
New Amsterdam Mayor Winifred Heywood’s address received resounding applause as she outlined the many, thus far, completed and continuing projects in the town. According to the mayor, this was evidence of the town being restored to its former glory.
Regional Chairman, Permaul Armogan, in his remarks, noted that since becoming a republic, Guyana has come a long way developmentally. He emphasised the need for Guyanese to work together to the ensure the development of the country. The top regional official concluded his presentation with the clarion call for an end to all forms of division and disunity in the region, and Guyana as a whole.
Also in attendance at the ceremony were the Regional Executive Officer Kim Williams Stephen, Deputy Regional Executive Officer Claude Henry, Regional Education Officer Volika Jaikisoon Director of Regional Health Services Jevaughn Andrew Stephen, Member of Parliament Charrandass Persaud and joint services representatives among others.
By: Tanuja Raikha