[www.inewsguyana.com] – Region Seven joined with the rest of the country in celebrating 48 years of Independence. Guyana achieved its freedom from Great Britain on May 26, 1966.
The celebration was attended by Presidential Advisor on Community Development Odinga Lumumba, who in his feature address saluted those persons who have made significant contributions towards Guyana achieving Independence.
He noted, “When we speak about Independence we must speak about the struggle of Independence because freedom did not come easily”.Freedom does not come on a platter; freedom comes because you worked towards it. You either work through prayers, through protest, through reasoning or through the gun. That has been the history of the countries obtaining Independence… but we in Guyana didn’t had to pick the gun up, we gained freedom through our intelligence, good leadership, strong protest movements, petitions and our own desire.”
He informed the gathering that while it’s important that Guyanese must not forget the contributions of LFS Burnham and Dr. Cheddi Jagan, they must as well remember the contributions of the slaves who took up the battle for freedom.
He called on the young people to be acquainted with the history of Guyana in order to understand the trials and difficulties faced in the past.
“We are now in a position to make decisions either right or wrong for our country; Independence means that we now have the option to use our creativity …we now have access to our natural resources to determine whether we should have partnership with foreign companies, whether we should have more access for our local businessmen, but the important thing is those resources are now available to us,” the Presidential Advisor pointed out.