President calls for recommitment to national unity, nation building – at Methodist Church’s 2016 Conference

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President David Granger has issued a call for citizens to redouble their efforts to build strong homes, churches and schools in an effort to tackle what he described as the “four horsemen” that are hindering the country’s development and corroding the social fabric of society. These are: crime, disease, ignorance and poverty.

President David Granger being escorted into the National Cultural Centre by Bishop Otto Wade and Rev. Kofia Nials
President David Granger being escorted into the National Cultural Centre by Bishop Otto Wade and Rev. Kofia Nials

He was at the time addressing the congregation of the Guyana District of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas at the closing rally of its 2016 Conference held at the National Cultural Centre.

“Together we must work to achieve the national unity we dreamt of 50 years ago. We must enhance the social cohesion we hoped would have been the dividend of Independence; recommit ourselves to building this beautiful country,” the President was quoted as saying in a statement from his office.

Speaking on the issue of crime, the Head of State said that strong institutions (homes, schools and churches) are critical in order to nurture the young generation, particularly through the difficult adolescent years and encourage them to stay on the right path. The Head of State noted that it is also important to address the causes of crime.

The second issue the President believes is hindering Guyana’s development is the proliferation of diseases such as dengue, malaria, gastroenteritis and more recently, chikungunya and zika. “We are called to ensure a cleaner and greener environment, a more sanitary and healthy environment so that we can bring up our children in a healthy country and overcome that horseman of epidemic diseases,” the President said.

Ignorance is another, the President noted, is another factor that must be addressed in order for the country to move forward. He said it is the greatest threat to the country’s development and explained that too many children are failing exams even at the primary level; not being qualified to enter secondary schools, while those who enter are ill-equipped to complete.

“Every year over 4,000 Guyanese children drop out of primary and secondary schools. Many of them are semi-illiterate or completely illiterate. We cannot build a country, we cannot build a new society, we cannot go into another 50 years of Guyanese Independence with a population, which is dropping out of school at this rate,” President Granger stressed.

The President’s drive to ensure that every child, without exception, attends school has given birth to the now overwhelmingly successful ‘Three Bs’ programme, which has already touched the lives of children across the country.

With regard to the issue of poverty, the President said that it is the root of inequality which affects a large part of the population; preventing them from getting an education and overcoming diseases and seducing young people into a life of crime.

“Poor people have very few choices…the Government cannot solve these problems alone. The message I bring today to you today is to appeal to the Methodist Church to work with other non-governmental organisations, other religious organisations to overcome these four horsemen of the apocalypse,” he said.

The annual conference saw a series of activities over the past week including a health fair held in Georgetown on Saturday. It brought together members of Berbice, Essequibo, Mahaica, West Demerara, and Georgetown chapters of the Methodist Church in Guyana.

Another high point of the conference was the appointment of Bishop Glenna Spencer as the organisation’s new District President. The conference was held under the theme, “Vision 2300+ Moving Forward, Empowered by the Holy Spirit”.

6 COMMENTS

  1. “Karma is a bitch” he and his other half can fool us but they can’t fool the man upstairs even if they add a few more pastors to the crew.All these ppl know to do,is to put a plaster on the rash instead of finding the root cause of the problem and get rid of it —when you have 86% of the kids born out of wedlock and kids do not know their father –women having kids for different men that do not care a darn what do you expect to happen-? It all begins at home period–these morons do not want to accept the fact.

  2. The law of karma governs everything. Every action has a reaction. There is no devil. No hell. No one shedding his blood (is that human sacrifice?) to wash away sins. People must always remember the law of karma and act accordingly.

  3. Some people believe that going to church and preaching or reading The Bible will help wash away their sins.I don’t “believe”, I know. I know according to your work you will be paid.Remember you must not deliberately commit evil and wicked acts when done turn to The Bible and the church and think that you will be saved or be forgiven. Your wicked acts already been committed and the damage already done.
    The wolf in sheep’s clothing. Hypocrite. Who done wrong will always have to walk and look back.

  4. US installed illegal President calls for recommitment to national unity, nation building – at Methodist Church’s 2016 Conference.
    He knows theres no god so he will say what he wants.
    If there was a god and while he was saying this crap that god would have send a lightning bold up his rear end to make it hurt for being a blatant racist.
    He knows it the world knows it that the rice and sugar industry associates with East Indians and this is why this illegal PNC ruler wants to destroy it so East Indians must get on their knees and love PNC people.

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