[www.inewsguyana.com] – With elections a mere 26 days away, residents of the Region Three island of Wakenaam were urged to do all in their power to keep democracy alive in Guyana.
During a meeting which was held at San Souci junction, President Donald Ramotar told the gathering that a lot of effort has been put into making Guyana a free country, and it is important to keep it this way.
He noted that while there are some who abuse freedom of expression and speech with no consequences, “our country has progressed because we have restored democracy in Guyana, freedom of what we give our people and that is priceless, and we can’t put a price tag on that.”
The Head of State said gone are the days when there was only one radio station and newspaper, as he pointed out that more persons own news outfits and more private radio stations and television stations are opening.
President Ramotar noted that while this amount of freedom and democracy has been achieved, there is still more that is needed and that can be done.
Meanwhile the President also noted that while Guyana has seen developments in almost every other area, much more could have been achieved if the opposition was supportive.
President Ramotar took the time to reflect on several developmental projects which were deliberately blocked by the combined opposition.
Wakenaam thrives mainly on agriculture, and President Ramotar reminded the residents that their island has great potential and that his administration will continue to work to help them realise that potential, “And we are going to build right on this Island and Leguan chip factories so that you can add value to the plantain and cassava which you produce here.”
Speaking to the issue of rice and the price for paddy, he told the residents that the administration is working to put a system in place to support prices, “Because we know sometimes rice is fundamentally in private sector hands, but we are going to create a system to support the prices so that farmers can have a better deal and more assistance in agriculture.”
The President also spoke of diversification in the agriculture sector stating that a lot can be done in the coconut industry, but in order for these and much more to be achieved, it is up to citizens now to play their role.
He told the islanders that “You will decide on May 11 if our country will go forward or if it will go backward, you will have to make that decision but I warn about history not to let it repeat itself.” [ Extracted and edited from GINA]