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Twelve organisations receive National Awards

25c67ce93e50300ed45a1268ef0e7ecaTwelve cultural and religious organisations have been awarded the Medal of Service to usher in 2016-the commencement of Guyana’s 50th Independence Anniversary and a year in which President David Granger hopes will mark a rebirth of the nation.

“We, the Guyanese people, chose to change the country’s political culture when we elected a multi-party coalition in 2015. It is now time for a ‘national renaissance.’ It is time for a new beginning. It is time to redouble our efforts to banish crime, disease, ignorance and poverty,” he said in nationwide New Year’s address.

The African Cultural and Development Association was awarded the Medal Service for its outstanding service over the past twenty-three years in promoting harmonious race relations, community development and in association with international agencies and countrywide organizations, in advancing the educational, social and economic development of Guyana.

In recognition of its sustained contributions in the development of the fine arts, the E.R. Burrowes School of Art received its Medal of Service.

The Guyana Veterans Legion’s  long and dedicated service in promoting harmonious relations, support, counselling and accommodation among veterans of World Wars 1 and 2 and the Guyana Defence Force earned it the Medal of Service.

The Makushi Research Unit was recognised for its indefatigable efforts in reviving the indigenous culture of the Makushi People of the North Rupununi by the teaching and translation as well as the publication of books in the Makushi language.

The Medal of Service was awarded to Ming’s Products and Services for its 25 years of outstanding service to Guyana in the distribution and servicing of quality products and the development of good business, customer and community relations.

The National Dance Company’s long and considerable contribution in the field of dance and its unwavering commitment to develop and promote this art form was awarded with a Medal of Service.

For outstanding service over the past 25 years in the fields of sports, education and community development, the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club will be the recipient of the Medal of Service.

The Roadside Baptist Church Skills Training Centre Inc. was recognised with a Medal of Service for  sustained, dedicated and outstanding service in the field of education and in community and social work.

A similar National Award would be awarded to the South Central Peoples Development Association     For the resource management of Wapishana traditional lands and communities in the south central Rupununi through empowerment of the indigenous peoples, poverty reduction and sustainable use of traditional lands.

The Theatre Guild of Guyana earned the Medal of Service for its considerable and meritorious contributions in the form of production and performance in the theatre arts.

In the arena of religion, the Central Assembly of God Church was  awarded the Medal of Service for its outstanding role in providing religious, social and educational leadership in the community.

The Guyana Islamic Trust was recognised for its sustained and outstanding service as a social and religious organization and its partnership with local communities in which it constructed three schools.

The President, in his New Year’s message, said Guyanese “aspire to strengthen national unity, expand national infrastructure, fortify national institutions, ensure national security and extend public services.”

Granger promised to reinforce national unity. We can be one nation only if all sections of our population feel that they share in our country’s development. We must, in 2016, dispel hatred among individuals and groups. We must move forward as a united nation, constantly reaffirming our national motto –‘One people, One nation, One destiny,” he said.

The Guyanese leader pledged his government’s commitment to use national infrastructure to integrate the coastland with the hinterland and provide greater access and exploitation of the resources of the hinterland for the rest of Guyana.

Granger promised to strengthen national institutions which promote a sense of national identity and ensure a stable legal and constitutional environment. “We shall defend the integrity and independence of our National Assembly, the judiciary and the autonomous agencies,” he said.

The President reiterated that government would “equip the enforcement arms of the state with the resources to enable them to serve our citizens and safeguard our independence.” “We shall ensure that local government elections are conducted this year to empower our people to better administer their communities,” he said.

In the area of national security, Granger promised that his administration would continue to reinforce national security in order to protect the country’s patrimony in the face of threats from our neighbours to the east and west, and secure Guyanese from the threat of national and transnational crime, violence and chaos.

The President said his government would continue to build public trust by improving and extending education, health, sanitation, water supply, electricity services, affordable housing, social protection to the vulnerable and decent working conditions to everyone. Public services must also include having happy households in safe communities with adequate facilities for recreation.

The seven-month old APNU+AFC administration promised to respect and preserve our national symbols and monuments, assert our identity and celebrate our achievements.

  • SYL

    HAPPY NEW YEAR TO THE GOVERNMENT ,AND ITS PEOPLE ! GUYANESE UNITE, ITS IN UNITY STRENGTH IS FOUND.

    Be wise in decision making, and let not greed, nepotism, racism, or theft be found in your administration .

    However, one point of reference, please find a way to restore the name of the airport to TIMERHI INTERNATIONAL , IN HONOR AND RESPECT OF THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF GUYANA.. No disrespect to the Mr. Jagan, but respect for the first people by which it was rightfully and previously named must be respected. .

    Have a great year bloggers , and everyone!

    • Ah Nanimus

      I agree about the airport. This facility shouldn’t be named after any partisan political person.

      • SYL

        Thanks! so lets make it a talking point for 2016

    • triinibai

      bai yall want all fo yall self in gt bai lol

  • Ah Nanimus

    Nothing for the Hindus who are perceived to be overwhelming supporters of the PPP.

    But don’t worry “Granger promised to reinforce national unity”.

    • triinibai

      like Guyana d hindus and d ppp don’t contribute to guyana development ,, how to reinforce national unity and more than half of Guyana population aint get even a bronze medal, ,

  • SYL

    In every country of the world its a practice to favor those who supported the party that got into power to admin. even the big USA and Britain ,and Russia, show some semblance of bias , but must govern in a manner that everyone must be allowed an opportunity to progress. In the case of Guyana, the bad blood of racism would take time to be diminished, and , but that time is contingent on the behavioral manner of all its citizens , of every ethnicity. There are Indians of dark and clear complexion , so are Negroes,many inter-relationship, by marriages. When there is no politics, Indians and Negroes, are partying every where, and as soon as politics get for a discussions, its war. Everyone has to wake up and know that only politicians gain from that nonsense, and lets live like bros. and sisters. Just try it many others have done it. Do you know that when Guyanese of different ethnicity live in other countries 99% of them inter-relate and co-exist like bros. and sisters.WHY NOT IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY? STOP THE STUPIDITY. FINALLY WHO WAS THE “GOD FATHER OF DR. JAGAN’S SON? PPP Hon. FORBES BURNHAM , PNC// RIGHT? GUYS WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE .