President plugs national unity, education as keys to development

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 President Granger sharing Christmas gifts, assisted by Minister Amna Ally, at Friendship Village in Region 2.
President Granger sharing Christmas gifts, assisted by Minister Amna Ally, at Friendship Village in Region 2.

[www.inewsguyana.com] – President David Granger took Government’s ‘toy drive’ to the Pomeroon in Region Two, where he told residents of Baracaro and other surrounding villages in the Akawini Creek and at Friendship in the Pomeroon River, that he believes in one Guyana and is focused on fostering deeper national unity across the nation.

Sharing Christmas gifts to about 600 children from the two communities, the President, who was accompanied by Minister of Social Cohesion, Amna Ally and Minister within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Annette Ferguson, said that even as Guyana’s 50th Independence Anniversary approaches, it is time Guyana unites.

The President, who was speaking at Friendship at the time, said that what takes him to the community is, “my love for you and my desire to create greater national unity, deeper national unity. This is one country and I don’t believe in ‘bush’ and ‘town’. I believe in one country; one Guyana.”

A little girl receives a pin from the President of Guyana after placing a garland on his neck at Akawini
A little girl receives a pin from the President of Guyana after placing a garland on his neck at Akawini

The national ‘toy drive’ was rolled out first at Akawini on December 23. President Granger told the residents there that his administration will continue to focus on ensuring that not only is the coastland linked to the hinterland, but that all residents have access to the resources of the country.

“You are entitled to the same quality if education, the same quality of transportation, the same quality of development and that is why after I became President… I know that I am leader of the PNC [People’s National Congress Reform]. I know that I am leader of APNU [A Partnership for National Unity]. I know I am leader of the Coalition but I am President of all Guyana and that includes Akawini,” he said.

The President also used the opportunity to set a lofty but worthwhile goal of 100 percent school attendance across Guyana.

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