Despite criticisms heaved at government by the public concerning the deliberate painting of vehicles used in President David Granger’s ‘Three Bs’ initiative, in “green and yellow”, his party’s symbolic colours, there has been no modification to the newly commissioned bus that was recently gifted to the Kurukururu residents.
The Three Bs’ initiative which had catered for the provision of Boats, Buses and Bicycles had been introduced by the President earlier this year for transportation needs of students. The programme was further expanded to Five Bs’ with the addition of Breakfast and Books.
The People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) had criticised the move by the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) government linking it back to the doctrine of Paramountcy of the Party of the 1970s when the ruling party held sway over the state. The Opposition expressed fears that soon, “just as the PNC flag was flown at the Court of Appeal, the colours of APNU and AFC, green and yellow, would be used to paint public buildings.”
The President on Friday commissioned a 72-seater bus, during a ceremony at the Kurukururu Primary School, for students living along the Soesdyke/Linden Highway. This was achieved through a joint partnership between President Granger and Peter Lewis, a Berbice businessman.
Citing the high rate of school dropouts and its adverse effect on one’s future, the President during his remarks to the gathering at the school pointed out that government is fixed on ensuring every child has an equal opportunity to easy access to education.
As such, this initiative was introduced to cater for students across the country who may have complexities in acquiring an education due to circumstances, especially in regards to transportation.
With education being one of the most crucial necessities for leading a productive life, the head of state highlighted that this is just one step the government has undertaken to mobilise transportation countrywide.
He emphasised that despite inequalities created by the public in terms of separation through race, religion and social status, every citizen is entitled to an education which would pave the way for their personal growth and that of the country.
“You must be able to grow up as members of an equal society, as equal citizens. We need to give them equal access to education because education is the gateway to a successful career and to a comfortable life… Inequality is created by people, who are educationally deficient, people who are poor, people who don’t have opportunities,” President Granger mentioned.
Speaking in regards to the Local Government Elections and the impact of the public’s participation in community affairs, Granger charged the residents to play an active role in the development of Guyana on a constituency basis which is more feasible through education.
Meanwhile, giving her remarks, Regional Chairperson of Region Four Genevieve Allen cited that students and parents have been facing major difficulties where transportation is concerned, especially financially and the commission of the bus would make a major impact in addressing this adversity.
Thus far, this is the seventh ‘yellow and green” bus that has been commissioned, with one more expected to be donated to the residents of Baracara in Berbice River on Sunday. (Guyana Times)