Sheila Veerasammy has been tipped to replace Dr Clive Jagan as the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Opposition Member of Parliament (MP).
On February 11, the National Assembly was informed that Dr Clive Jagan resigned from his post, following his absence from the House since the beginning of the year.
Veerasammy currently holds the position of General Secretary of the Women Progressive Organisation (WPO), an arm of the PPP/C which was formed in 1953 by the late Janet Jagan, with the aim of protecting the rights of women.
In 1979, Veerasammy joined the Progressive Youth Organisation (PYO), the Party’s youth arm where she was encouraged to empower herself. She attended the Accrabre College and then in 1984, she studied political science in Russia on a scholarship.
Upon her return to Guyana, rather than being allowed to continue on her path of self-elevation, Veerasammy was forced into an arranged marriage at age 20 and settled into being a housewife; albeit she was still active in party work, which was all done on a voluntary basis.
She was employed at the Transport and Harbours Department as a Personal Assistant to the Commonwealth Adviser; but was subsequently retrenched when it was reportedly discovered that she was a member of the WPO/PPP.