President commits $1.2M annually to Scout Association

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President David Granger shares a light moment with SAG President and Chief Scout , Ramsay Ali
President David Granger shares a light moment with SAG President and Chief Scout , Ramsay Ali

[www.inewsguyana.com] – During his induction as Patron of the Scout Association of Guyana (SAG), President David Granger announced that government will be making an annual contribution of $1.2M to the scouting body.

This announcement was made on Saturday during the 106th anniversary celebrations of the association, a release noted.

“Each year the government gives a small subvention of $120,000 to support the work of the Scout Association of Guyana. I shall be increasing that to ten times that amount or $1.2 million dollars per year as of 2016,” President Granger said.

According to the release, the Head-of-State explained that government sees its contribution to the association as an investment.

“We must invest in human development, we must invest in youth, we must invest in the next generation and we must invest in the future.”

Further, President Granger said he is aware of the good work of the association and the role scouting plays in helping young people. These remarks were made during the President’s acceptance speech after he was inducted as SAG’s Patron.

President David Granger being inducted as Patron by Chief Commissioner, Zaida Joaquin
President David Granger being inducted as Patron by Chief Commissioner, Zaida Joaquin

President of the Association and Chief Scout, Ramsay Ali said, “It is always an honour to have a Head-of-State as Patron, but in the case of President Granger we have a double honour, because our president by his life, by his work, and by the vision he has for Guyana’s youths, is a person who our young people can genuinely desire to emulate.”

More than 350 scouts across the country participated in this year’s anniversary observance. Fourteen groups with scouts ranging from 7 to 19 years-old camped out at SAG’s Headquarters on Woolford Avenue. They took part in a rally through the streets of Georgetown on Saturday then competed with each other in a series of games.

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