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Afro-Guyanese organisation, former military chief object to make-up of Guyana Oil and Gas Association

ACDA's Executive Member, Eric Phillips addressing the African Holocaust commemorative ceremony at the Georgetown Seawall bandstand area.

ACDA’s Executive Member, Eric Phillips addressing the African Holocaust commemorative ceremony at the Georgetown Seawall bandstand area.

The African Cultural and Development Association (ACDA) on Wednesday objected to the make-up of the Guyana Oil and Gas Association (GOGA)one day after it was formally launched, even as he called on African Guyanese to pressure government into giving into a  number of demands.

ACDA’s Executive Member, Eric Phillips questioned the sincerity and integrity of the association’s members. “I saw the announcement of an oil and gas group last night and again it’s just the regular suspects- people who have…(claims that are potentially libelous)…and so they are positioned today to continue the exploitation and to continue to demoralize us and take from us what our ancestors died for,” he said at the African Holocaust Day commemorative event at the Georgetown Seawall.

GOGA was launched at the Marriott Hotel Tuesday with the aims of ensuring Guyanese are employed directly and indirectly in the hydrocarbon sector, training is provided, policies are influenced and a range of other services are provided or facilitated.

Meanwhile, Retired Rear Admiral Gary Best lauded the initiative but expressed concern about the make-up of GOGA. “The Directorship of this good initiative ( GOGA) should be a more balanced reflection of the Guyana’s “inter-social groupings.”

Several attendees place flowers and branches in the Atlantic Sea to commemorate the lives of those who died in the Trans-Atlantic trade of captive Africans to the Caribbean and the Americas.

Several attendees place flowers and branches in the Atlantic Sea to commemorate the lives of those who died in the Trans-Atlantic trade of captive Africans to the Caribbean and the Americas.

“As is, it may well be seen as the “haves” representing the “have nots”, and I am sure that’s not the intention. A significant challenge we face in Guyana is reducing inequalities and applying equity, in that order. Therefore, the directorship should reflect participants from all inter-social groupings,” the former Chief-of-Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) said on his Facebook Profile.

Meanwhile, the ACDA official urged Afro-Guyanese to recognise the problems that face them and take the lead in lobbying the government. “If we can’t recognise the problem, we will not step forward to solve it and I find today, speaking honestly, that we are waiting for the government to do things for us instead of us stepping forward to make them do for us.  They can’t do for us if we are not agitating for them to do for us,” he said.

Phillips said it was up to the Afro-Guyanese organisations to come together and take up the challenge and craft an action plan for their development in keeping with the goals of the United Nations-designated International Decade for People of African Descent.

Cuffy250, which is said to be spearheading such efforts, was Wednesday afternoon expected to make an announcement.

  • Col123

    The brothas Eric and Gary are correct….why are those Indos included in the association?..those Indos already hold big positions in the govt… Naggie is both PM and President when Grangie is nowhere to be heard or seen…Jhattie is the man in charge to make sure them stay in power….

    • rs dasai

      Col.
      And Social Cohesion?

      • Col123

        We coalesce enough already!…any more and it will be social disease!..that ACDC dude has the same mindset as those KKK … but for many good reasons, I support his claims for reparations….but he is an idiot… the wealth is in London, Paris, Madrid/Barcelona and Amsterdam….that is where he should set his sights!… but the sob wants the wealth handed to him…

        • rs dasai

          Col
          Some forget that the ‘Masters’ always dictate who gets what and descendants of slavery and indentureship get nothing. We should learn from what ‘was’ to make what ‘is’ better for us.

          • Col123

            Reparation is a complex subject. I understand how it works in wars…. in Afro American history , I found it unbearably difficult to do any report, or term paper.. I have followed this Eric guy writing and letters… he is extremely bias and unable to support his premise…but you have the main point…the golden rule applies…who owns……..

  • eddie

    that is why this country will go to the shit house ,,,,,,,,,all everyone do is have there hands out even before the money arrive,,,,does this sound familiar

    • Col123

      Hey Eddie… we brothas don’t have to work anymore. We discovered oil to grease our hands and to manage the reparation program….wine down time…

      • eddie

        as I was always saying the PPP don’t have the guts to invoke anything when they think they were cheated ( jagdeo call talk all he want he is a lil pussy) so that why when they govern it had to be above par and take away immediately any sign of corruption so there support base and all Guyanese will not have to have these blood sucker to bleed the country again… the PPP got carried away and try to fight goliath now there are sucking salt along with all there supporter and these idiot for supporter is quiet like a church mouse with lord Putin/Jagdeo as there leader so yea let them ass suffer because if Jagdeo as of recently talking there were cheated well massa if the author think you were up to no good what make him think they will change there mind 5 years