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31
Jan 20

Under the guidance of the PPP regime, the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) sold the State’s 20 percent holdings in the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GTT) to Hong Kong Golden Telecom Limited (HKGT) in April 2012.
HKGT at that time was a one-year old subsidiary of Datang Telecom International Technology (Hong Kong) Company Limited.
HKGT was supposed to pay US$30M for the 20 percent stake in GTT but Guyana only received US$25M.
When the APNU+AFC party took office in 2015, it had vowed to go after the outstanding sums. But efforts to get the Chinese company to pay up just proved futile.
In fact, the government faced much opposition from the Chinese firm which refused to pay the full sum. It had told the government that it would pay about US$3M or nothing at all.
But the government’s fortunes on this matter would soon improve after the matter was taken over by Colvin Heath-London of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited.
Armed with his lawyers, Heath-London who is the Head of NICIL’s Special Privatization Unit (SPU), approached the courts to garnish the dividend payments GTT would have made to Hong Kong Golden Telecom Limited (HKGT).
About two weeks ago, Justice Franklin Holder issued an order in favour of NICIL for the garnishment of US$3.2M from the account of the Guyana Telephone & Telegraph Co. Ltd.
While this still leaves US$1.8M outstanding, NICIL has no worries for the court also ordered that future dividend payments be made to NICIL.
The order as seen by this newspaper specifically states that upon reading the Notice of Application and hearing submissions made by Attorneys-at-law for the Applicant, Devindra Kissoon and Natasha M. Vieira, Justice Holder issued a Garnishment Order in favour of NICIL.
The order said that the US$3.2M represents the payment of all of the dividends due and owing to HKGT and which were accrued on its 4125 shares for the year ending December 31, 2019.
The court also ordered that any other dividends to be paid in the future by GTT to the Chinese subsidiary would also go to NICIL.
The Order further noted that if there is a failure to comply with the terms of the order, the parties in breach may be liable to imprisonment or have their assets confiscated.
The order of the court was posted on NICIL’s website. (See link for more details: https://nicil.gov.gy/wp-content/uploads/56.-Order-of-Court-dated-January-13-2020.pdf).

 

Source: Kaieteur News

30
Jan 20

Two prominent union Leaders have praised NICIL for its role in being able to extract a three million US dollars dividend payment from Bosai Guyana.

This comes some weeks after Bosai’s General Manager Eric Yu handed over the payment to NICIL’s Chief Executive Officer, Colvin Heath-London.
General Secretary of the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union (GBGWU) and a very vocal campaigner for the strict monitoring of foreign companies, Lincoln Lewis, admitted that he like many others was very pleased with the payment. He said that it certainly augurs well for the fostering of continued and improved relationships. He however said that Government must remain steadfast in their vigilance to ensure that it is not just a one-time payment and nothing happens after, but rather, that there would be closer and adequate monitoring of Bosai and other foreign companies..

Lewis stressed that the efforts of Heath-London, should not be forgotten, as it must be recorded that it was a direct result of his ability in effectively and efficiently negotiating, that led to Bosai remitting the dividend payment.

“I firmly believe that the efforts of Mr. Colvin Heath-London is worthy of commendation and that all concerned should not lose sight of what he has done and has been doing as the Government representative on the Board at Bosai. It is through his excellent negotiating skills and techniques backed by the great support of the Finance Minister, it resulted in government being able to garner this very important payment,” he said.

The GBGWU General Secretary disclosed that for a long time he has been campaigning for a government representative to also sit on the RUSAL board. He stressed that several of the challenges faced with the Russian company can be effectively addressed in a timely manner with a representative at the board meetings. He disclosed that his calls fell on deaf ears and he hopes that Government would see the wisdom in his suggestion with the results that they secured with Bosai.

“RUSAL another major company who can also make their payments, have not been doing so and what is heart troubling is that while Bosai has a government representative on their board, RUSAL doesn’t have, and it is time that Government recognises that this has to be immediately addressed,” Lewis declared.

Meanwhile, President of the very Union, Leslie Gonsalves echoed similar sentiments stressing that Colvin Heath-London through his negotiations has demonstrated that he understands clearly what government is looking for. He said that his Union continues to be impressed with how NICIL and its officials have been addressing several pertinent issues, declaring that Guyana is at a better place because of the significant high level of professionalism, expertise, commitment and dedication it has been able to garner from some of its personnel.

“We at GBGWU are impressed and as President, I commend Heath-London, as his track record says it all. I commend the government also for ensuring that it was able to secure someone like Heath-London, as he has certainly demonstrated that their choice and selection of him was well deserving,” Gonsalves said.

He however expressed the view that Government should utilize the skills and expertise more of the NICIL acting CEO. He said that the CEO can do more for labour relations and other technical matters. “The expertise and skills of this excellent negotiator should not be wasted. As a Union man for a number of years his ability and skills in negotiating is immediately noticed in how he does his negotiation and it is the view of GBGWU that he can help in other areas, especially with the current challenges being experienced at RUSAL,” Gonsalves stressed.

Bosai’s General Manager had said shortly after remitting the payment that his company has always been committed and dedicated in having all dividend-related matters and issues settled.

“I must commend the management of NICIL as they played a pivotal role in having this dividend payment addressed. While we have some concerns and they have not all been addressed, we are satisfied that the negotiation led by NICIL was one that saw everyone involved coming to a consensus,” Yu had said.

Source: Kaieteur News.

26
Jan 20

Through its Commemorative Committee, the Region Ten Democratic Council has released its Mashramani calendar of activities for 2020. In fact, it has been revealed that the Region has plans for immense pomp and fanfare to observe the nation’s 50th Republic Anniversary.

Deputy Regional Executive Officer (DREO), Maylene Stephen, disclosed that among the key activities will be: a cocktail event on February 6; Soca Semi Finals on February 8; Regional Talent Night on February 12; Flag raising ceremonies planned for Linden, Kwakwani and Ituni on February 22 and the National Costume and Float parade on February 23.

On the calendar of activities are the Linden Mashramani Float parade, Kwakwani Float parade, Mashramani Wet Fete, Children’s Dance, Poetry, Calypso and Costume competition and an awards ceremony to recognize persons who have played a pivotal role in the growth and development of Region Ten over the past 50 years.

Stephen said that while all of the activities planned are expected to see eager participation from the general public, she stressed that the honouring of residents who have made valuable and critical contributions over the years would be the hallmark of this year’s anniversary celebration.

“We are now discussing the awards ceremony as we are seeking to ensure that those who are selected to be honoured would have certainly merited it.
“We want to recognize those who would have made the greatest contribution. We are cognizant that a number of persons have been contributing and would have contributed, however we seek to recognize those that have made the greatest contribution,” Stephen added.

The DREO said that the excitement among residents is heating up. Several persons have been approaching her office to enquire how they can get involved in some of the activities.

She however appealed to residents who have an interest in being part of the Regional Road Parade to come into her office so as to get registered.
“We want the public to know that registration has commenced and that they can come into my office and get registered as registration has already commenced and they should do this as early as possible,” she urged.

Commenting on the awarding of persons who have made sterling and significant contribution to the growth and development of Region Ten over the past 50 years, the DREO said that a committee will be put in place to execute this event.

She stressed that they will be recognising the performances and/or contributions of several stalwarts from Region 10 with the view of determining those who would be honoured as part of the 50th anniversary. She noted that persons and organisations will be honoured in Education, Sports, Health, Community Development, Politics, Media, Religion, Agriculture and Public Service, stressing that while the list of persons who have contributed in these areas are very long, the region will review and select those who would have made the greatest impact.

“We are aware that Region Ten has been blessed with a number of persons who have truly contributed in a meaningful way to the holistic growth and development of the region in several ways, and that is what, through this award programme, we will seek to do, we will honour the best of the best as we will recognize our greatest from Linden, Kwakwani and Ituni,” she declared.

Stephen said that while a date for this event has not been confirmed, she is hopeful that it will be held in February. According to her too, plans are apace to have the presence of a number of government ministers and the president at the event.

She said that despite this event not being one of the original activities planned for the 2020 celebrations, she feels that with its timeliness and importance finding the required funding for it should not be too much of a challenge.

“There are some organizations and companies that we intend to approach for support and I am confident that we would be able to garner the required funding to execute this event as it is not only timely but very important,” she stressed.

Source: Kaieteur News.

19
Jan 20
The Kwakwani Management Centre that was renovated

THE morale of the residents of the Upper Berbice River community of Kwakwani is higher than before and their expressions of satisfaction over the many infrastructural projects that are being executed are proof that their community is no longer neglected and, as they put it, “they are no longer treated as Region 11.” Playing an integral role in this development is the National Industrial & Commercial Investment Limited (NICIL) with its state property renovation project, amongst other things.

Being a community that was managed by the bauxite company in the past, many of the buildings in Kwakwani are owned by the state and are therefore in the custody of NICIL. These buildings were neglected by the previous management of the organization and were in fact slated for demolition. These include the State House– the official property to be used by the President, Prime Minister or Ministers of Government, when they visit the community; the Management Centre which was the recreational facility used by the managers and staff of the bauxite company who resided in the community and a guest house for visiting staff and all residential buildings that formerly housed bauxite workers.
With these buildings being in a dilapidated state, there was much to be desired about the aesthetics of Kwakwani. The community looked gloomy and down trodden and this affected the morale of the people and the social and economical atmosphere.

The renovated Kwakwani State House

Under the stewardship of NICIL’s Chief Executive Officer (ag), Colvin Heath-London, a decision was made not to demolish the many buildings, but to renovate them, thus returning them to their former glory. Millions of dollars have been expended in this renovation project and residents are very upbeat about the process. The State House and the Management Centre are now spanking new buildings, completely transformed, giving the area the face lift it deserves.

Not holding back her expressions of appreciation was the Chairman of the Kwakwani Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC), Elsie McPherson, who said that Kwakwani was filled with dilapidated buildings and this made the residents feel as though they were outcasts, since no attention was being paid to the community. “Previously, we believed that we were an outcast because people paid us no mind, everybody is happy and more so when you are creating jobs,” she said.

NICIL’s CEO, Heath-London explained that as the custodian of many of the state buildings countrywide which have been neglected, his reasoning is, if they are left in a state of disrepair, the value of the buildings will be reduced and the value of the organization will be reduced as well, so it is important that that these buildings be renovated for the longevity of NICIL. He also added that the buildings have unique architecture and were deemed modern during the era in which they were constructed. It is therefore important that they should be left for future generations to enjoy. “With me looking at it, I knew that we could have brought it back and preserve the history for this generation and future generations,” he posited. The renovations will also serve as a means of garnering funds for the community and the organization, since the Management Centre is a guesthouse, restaurant and bar, with amenities such as a swimming pool, tennis court, etc.

NICIL, CEO Calvin London

Kwakwani youth, Royston Downer, said that is a great boost for youth development since the Centre is open to the public. “I like that you can play the tennis there, it is more activities for the youths in the community, since there wasn’t much, youths can gravitate to activities that are constructive, rather than to lime and do things that can make them delinquent,” he said.

Other properties under NICIL’s care around Guyana are similarly being renovated. These include properties in Rosignol, Skeldon, West Bank Demerara, Georgetown, amongst others. In Linden, the renovation of the Watooka Guest House, which was also done by NICIL, is the talk of the town and has significantly boosted the hospitality sector.
Big plus for job creation

In addition to improvement in the community’s appearance and creating services, what residents are more grateful for is that the project is creating job opportunities in the community, not only through the construction by utilizing local content, but for permanent employment. “NICIL has done these works internally by utilizing local content. We have employed local artisans; we have insisted that local people carry out these jobs, so that the monies being spent can stay into the community. The jobs were supervised by the engineers, but to ensure the monies stay in the community, all other persons were employed from right there,” Heath-London explained.

Kwakwani NDC Chairman, Elsie McPherson

In addition, he said that all permanent staff, including security, cooks, maids and auxiliary etc, will be employed from Kwakwani. NDC Chairman McDonald also stressed that with limited job opportunities in Kwakwani, she is very pleased that jobs will be created for the residents, especially young people.

Resident Ann Gilkes said, ” the renovation of State House and Management Centre it is a big boost for the community, it will benefit the community also with employment because eight guards alone will be employed; that is very, very good.”
Land regularization

NICIL has also embarked on regularizing the many acres of land on which residents have been living on for generations but have no legal documentation of ownership.

The surveying process has commenced and residents have been invited to submit the relevant documentation needed for regularization. While over 600 residents in Linden and other Region Ten communities, such as Coomacka, have already been regularized by NICIL, Heath-London said that it is necessary that Kwakwani residents enjoy the same benefit. “We are pushing ahead with the process; many persons were given lands, but the process of ownership has never been completed. NICIL has started to regularize in other areas and for these people to enjoy prosperity, there must be ownership; it is unfair, three generations lived and maintained these properties and do not have ownership,” he stressed. NICIL, he said, is working as fast as the other government agencies would allow for the process to be expedited. Residents have expressed optimism that the process will reach fruition and they soon will be presented with their titles. ” I am hoping and praying; I have confidence that the government will be victorious again, it will make me more independent. I always want a piece of land,” resident Middoln Dettaan said, adding, “it will empower me.”

NICIL is also contributing to business development in Kwakwani by providing entrepreneurial training for residents and technical support in an effort to enhance the standard of living of the community.

 

Source: Guyana Chronicle

18
Jan 20

… as Region 10 begins Mash preparation

With plans to explore several new initiatives, the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) of Region 10 has initiated its preparation for Mash 2020.
This is according to Deputy Regional Executive Officer (DREO), Ms. Maylene Stephen, who revealed that already two meetings have been held and the Region is raring to join the rest of Guyana in celebrating Guyana’s 50thRepublic anniversary.

“We have already begun intense planning for this year’s celebration. As a matter of fact we have already met with some of the costume designers as we seek to ensure that all systems are properly in place. After our meetings we decided to select three designers who would be tasked with designing the Region’s costumes and float jointly, which will showcase the theme,” Stephen said. The theme this year is: ‘Guyana Together – Reflect, Celebrate and Transform’. Taking into consideration that Linden was the birthplace for Mashramani, the DREO said that several new initiatives will be executed this year as moves are made to maximize the event through the staging of several activities.

She said that the planning committee has been adequately staffed representing various agencies and departments.

“We are ensuring that all stakeholders are represented, as we want to ensure that no one is left out, and that everything needed for the success of Mash 2020 is achieved,” Stephen said.

Reflecting on last year’s preparation, the DREO recalled that last year the region had planned a HIV sensitization seminar, among several of the secondary schools, with the primary objective being to ensure students and youths are aware of the impact of the disease. She however noted that owing to some glitches with the Regional Educational Officer and his staff, this event unfortunately did not materialize.

“We recognized that several students and teachers were disappointed when we didn’t execute this event, as many students were eager to better understand the impact of HIV and other pertinent information regarding the disease, which is still viewed as one of the world’s worst diseases,” she said.

She expressed the view that HIV information is critically important, but noted that those within the education department have reported on numerous occasions about the many challenges they face.

As she highlighted an increase in social ills, the DREO said that the regional administration is seeking to empower the residents so that they can make more informed choices.

“Last year we were unable to execute this project, but I can confirm that this year it is on our calendar and will be treated with priority, as we want to ensure that while there will be a lot of celebration, the public, including our children, is cognizant that they must be responsible if they engage in sexual activities as we don’t want to increase the number of infections. We value them and remain confident that these individuals can still make meaningful contributions to society. So we are urging all to attend this event when the date is announced,” the DREO appealed.
Stephen disclosed too that Region 10 will move to add some sporting events to the calendar of activities. This is important, she asserted, because the Region is not only known for its academic achievements but also its cultural and sporting accomplishments. She said that among the events that will be added to the calendar is the Colvin Heath-London National T20 Inter Secondary School Male Cricket Competition.

She disclosed that the regional leg of this competition will get underway later this month. She is confident that despite which school wins the regional leg, it will represent Region 10 nationally in a very impressive way.

“We have talent, we have skills, and we will continue to dominate anything that Region 10 is involved in, as our residents are very supportive of their fellow residents who are involved in anything; that is why Region 10 is one of the most eagerly sought after places to be,” the DREO added.
According to Stephen, a detailed calendar of activities will be released shortly and will include a number of activities that cater for both young and old students.

Source: Kaieteur News.

17
Jan 20

Renovations and upgrades to the tune of $131M were completed during the past year on several properties in Linden and Kwakwani belonging to the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL).

The Kwakwani State House

The Completed Watooka Guest House boardwalk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chief Executive Officer (ag), Mr. Colvin Heath-London, has expressed satisfaction with the completed works.
The NICIL CEO (ag) said that for the past year, his company undertook to have several main properties enhanced and upgraded to improve and increase the services it was providing to the public.

“Last year after reviewing quite a number of our properties, we at NICIL concluded that significant work must be done to ensure that several of these properties which were abandoned and ignored for years are returned to their former glory,” Heath-London shared.

Against this background, the NICIL official undertook the task of ensuring that several of these properties were enhanced and improved “as we recognised that some of these buildings were not providing the expected services.

The Kwakwani Club House

Apartments renovated by NICIL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I must admit that I am very satisfied with what I am seeing as we have completed them in a significant way.”

The NICIL Head said that his company will continue along this path this year. They have already identified several other properties that NICIL will seek to renovate and enhance. He said that this forms part of the entity’s mission to lift several of its properties to the level and quality that it deserves.

“We were unable to complete all the buildings that we needed to. There are still some more buildings that we intend to work on this year…We will continue this year with a number of major renovations and upgrades,” he assured.

The residents of Kwakwani, Heath-London said, are elated that the Government Guest House, and other major buildings, are back to their former glory and are operational.

“Several residents have been writing, calling, texting and messaging us as they commend NICIL for rebuilding the Kwakwani Guest House, which was in a very terrible shape. However, with the completion of this Guest House it now stands as a proud primary site for residents there, as it has certainly enhanced and improved the image of Kwakwani,” he said.

Among the other properties that underwent works were the State House and Club houses in Kwakwani and, according to the NICIL official, other communities like Ituni, Skeldon, Albion and Wales, among others, would see major renovations and upgrade during this year as well.

“There are still quite a number of other properties that we would be seeking to enhance and improve as we have recognised that a significant number of our properties were somewhat abandon and left to deteriorate. He said that this partly allowed a number of scammers to fraudulently sell several of these properties to unsuspecting persons,” Heath-London said.

He added, “We have been taking control of our properties and assets as we have been closely monitoring them all, thus being alert to some of the ploys that are being used by scammers.

“We have been enhancing and improving several of the properties thus improving its ambiance and environment as we seek to make them more attractive and marketable.”

He disclosed that with regards to the Watooka Guest House, the construction of the boardwalk, the annex, deck and Centennial Park were all done in 2019, adding that both the Berbice Inn Guest House and Annex were also completed.

According to Heath-London too, the Bachelors Quarters situated at Richmond Hill in Linden was also renovated and upgraded and several more properties are slated for rehabilitation later this year.

“I am certainly satisfied and I am equally elated like many of the residents who have been seeing transformation within their respective communities as what was once seen as derelict buildings and ones that urgently needed repairs and renovations, now proudly stand as sites and symbol of what the community can produce.

“We are confident that the residents will continue to be the vanguard of the buildings, ensuring that they are cared for and protected properly from ill- intentions and/or careless approaches by individuals,” Heath-London declared.

Source: Kaieteur News

16
Jan 20

Dear Editor,
THE reason for this letter is to register on record the sincere thanks and gratitude of the families of the three scholarship awardees who were recognised by Minister Winston Jordan and his ministry as a result of the 2019 NGSA Region Six performance. Editor, we would like the minister to know of how sincere and happy our children are for his genuine and generous assistance in supporting our educational pursuits.

As the father of Pawan Etwaroo, who had tied for the number one spot in Region Six, I would also like to say thanks twice, as it was a result of the very helpful and caring attitude of Mr. Colvin Heath-London, NICIL/SPU CEO that resulted in me gaining employment as a security guard at Albion Estate after I lost my job with GUYSUCO. I must confess that I was very depressed and heartbroken after I was paid severance and after investing same in rebuilding the humble home that my wife and son occupied, I was struggling severely due to the fact that finding employment was a challenging task for me.

Mr. Editor, it was during a frank discussion that I requested some assistance from Mr. Heath-London as I related the great and at times unbearable hardships that my family and I were experiencing. I subsequently gained employment and must say that as a result of Mr. Heath-London’s generosity and assistance, I have been able to provide for my family, thus helping me to keep us all happy.

I confess that I was moved to write with the other families to do this letter as a result of the excellent and fantastic weekend stay that we were rewarded with at the Watooka Guest House. It must be noted that none of us have ever been to Linden and have ever stayed in a hotel of this magnitude and class. Therefore, you can understand how excited, thrilled and captivated we felt as we were blown away by the very high fantastic and very comfortable hotel and experience that our children benefitted from.

Further, the various tours to several educational and historical places and sites in Linden further enhanced the knowledge of our children as we were able to dismantle several myths, while replacing them with facts. We would like to express to Minister Jordan that our tongues are too short to justly express how thankful and happy we are to have been able to see a different part of Guyana, while being educated on the still many rich and breathtakingly beautiful places that exist in this country. I would like to say that as a father seeing the beautiful smiles and deep appreciation from the faces of the children told us a really great story and I would stress that it is one that will forever be remembered by the children and their families. At first, I must confess that I was somewhat hesitant to go upon the trip and this was a result of what many persons living on the Canje and Corentyne areas are told about Linden and people living in Linden. However, while we only spent a weekend, I must admit that it was enough to remove the many myths and perceptions of those living in the mining community. It afforded us a first-hand experience of Guyanese hospitality irrespective of one’s race, colour, religious views and most importantly, cultural heritage. We had a grand time and left the Watooka Guest House with the understanding that Guyana has a lot to offer and the experience that we gained while on this weekend trip was certainly worth more than anything else in the world that money can buy.

Mr Editor, it’s important to add that the financial assistance being provided to our children by NICIL/SPU is greatly appreciated and continues to play a critically important part in enhancing our daily lives. While I am fortunate now to have a job like the father of Chitra, whose father is the only breadwinner in their home, Marrissa is not this fortunate as her mother is able to work only one and sometimes two or three days a week garnering fish glue, which is then used to provide food for her and her four children. I am aware that while Chitra’s family and I have smaller families, Marissa’s mother is saddled with four children with one preparing for CXC this year and a daily challenge of finding transportation money to send her children to school. It’s no secret that its worst for them. However, we are all happy and pleased that the money being given to us respectively is being stretched to do additional things to further reduce some of the grave and unbearable challenges that we are faced with.

Mr Editor, we would have liked to thank Minister Jordan and Mr. Heath-London personally, as we are forever thankful for the genuine and sincere interest and assistance being entrusted in us; however, based on both their very busy schedules, we are cognizant that it may not be possible. Thus, I have decided on behalf of all the families to express our deep thanks and gratitude by way of this letter. I trust and hope that it gets to them both that we are truly happy and grateful to them. I would like to confirm on behalf of my wife and son Pawan and to also reiterate on behalf of Chitra and Marrissa that they will continue working exceptionally hard to maintain high and very impressive grades. As such, this will ensure that Minister Jordan and Mr. Heath-London and all of the other staff at NICIL/SPU remain proud of their academic growth. I can assure the Honourable Minister that in some years’ time these three individuals who were once seen as poverty stricken and financially incapable of supporting themselves through school because of the grave challenges faced by their respective families, would be prominent individuals who would have used poverty to prosperity as their motto in succeeding.

Mr. Editor, on behalf of the three families, I would like to say once again thank you to Minister Jordan and similar thanks to Mr. Colvin Heath-London for his willingness, care and affection in helping our children, as it is through the generous help and assistance of NICIL/SPU that has enabled them all to be able to attend secondary school and also to be able to garner some financial assistance to enable them during their school attendance.

Regards
Anand Kumar Etwaroo

 

Source: Guyana Chronicle

16
Jan 20

DEAR EDITOR,

The reason for this letter is to put on the record the sincere thanks and gratitude of the families of the three scholarship awardees that were recognized by Minister Winston Jordan and his ministry as a result of the 2019 NGSA Region Six performance. We would like the Minister to know of how sincere and happy our children are for his genuine and generous assistance in supporting our educational pursuits.
As the father of Pawan Etwaroo, who had tied for the number one spot in Region Six, I would also like to say thanks twice as it was a result of the very helpful and caring attitude of Mr. Colvin Heath-London, NICIL/SPU CEO that resulted in me gaining employment as a security guard at Albion Estate after I lost my job with GUYSUCO. I must confess that I was very depressed and heartbroken after I was paid severance and after investing same in rebuilding the humble home that my wife and son occupied, I was struggling severely due to the fact that finding employment was a challenging task for me.
It was during a frank discussion that I requested some assistance from Mr. Heath-London as I related the grave and at times unbearable hardships that my family and I were experiencing. I subsequently gained employment and must say that as a result of Mr. Heath-London’s generosity and assistance I have been able to provide for my family, thus helping me to keep us all happy.
I confess that I was moved to write with the other families to do this letter as a result of the excellent and fantastic weekend stay that we were rewarded to at the Watooka Guest House. It must be noted that none of us have ever been to Linden and have never stayed in a hotel of this magnitude and class. Therefore, you can understand how excited, thrilled and captivated we felt as we were blown away by the very high fantastic and very comfortable hotel and experience that our children benefited from.
Further, the various tours to several educational and historical places and sites in Linden further enhanced the educational knowledge of our children as we were able to dismantle several myths, while replacing them with facts. We would like to express to Minister Jordan that our tongues are too short to justly express how thankful and happy we are to have been able to see a different part of Guyana, while being educated on the still many rich and breathtakingly beautiful places that exists in this country. I would like to say that as a father, seeing the beautiful smiles and deep appreciation from the faces of the children tell us a really great story and I would stress that it is one that will forever be remembered.
Although I was reluctant to go on the trip, it afforded us a firsthand experience of Guyanese hospitality irrespective of one’s race, colour, religious views and most importantly cultural and heritage. We had a grand time and left Watooka Guest House with the understanding that Guyana has a lot to offer and the experience that we gained while on this weekend trip was certainly worth more than anything else in the world that money can buy.
Editor it’s important to add that the financial assistance being provided to our children by NICIL/SPU is greatly appreciated and continues to play a critically important part in enhancing our daily lives. While I am fortunate now to have a job, like the father of Chitra who is the only breadwinner in their home, Marrissa is not this fortunate as her mother is only able to work one and sometimes two or three days a week. I am aware that while Chitra’s family and I have smaller families, Marissa’s mother is saddled with four children with one preparing for CXC this year and a daily challenge of finding transportation money to send her children to school. It’s no secret that it’s worst for them. However, we are all happy and pleased that the monies being given to us respectively is being stretched to do additional things to further reduce some of the grave and unbearable challenges that we are faced with.
I would like to confirm on behalf of my wife and son Pawan and also on behalf of Chitra and Marrissa that they will continue working exceptionally hard to maintain high and very impressive grades. As such, this will ensure that Minister Jordan and Mr. Heath-London and all of the other staff at NICIL/SPU remain proud of their academic growth. I can assure the Honourable Minister that in some years’ time these three individuals who were once seen as poverty stricken and financially incapable to supporting themselves through school because of the grave challenges faced by their respective families, would be prominent individuals who would have used poverty to prosperity as their motto in succeeding.
On behalf of the three families I would like to say once again thank you to Minister Jordan and similar thanks to Mr. Colvin Heath-London.

Regards,
Anand Kumar Etwaroo

 

Source: Kaieteur News

16
Jan 20

Dear Editor,

THE reason for this letter is to register on record the sincere thanks and gratitude of the families of the three scholarship awardees who were recognised by Minister Winston Jordan and his ministry as a result of the 2019 NGSA Region Six performance. Editor, we would like the minister to know of how sincere and happy our children are for his genuine and generous assistance in supporting our educational pursuits.

As the father of Pawan Etwaroo, who had tied for the number one spot in Region Six, I would also like to say thanks twice, as it was a result of the very helpful and caring attitude of Mr. Colvin Heath-London, NICIL/SPU CEO that resulted in me gaining employment as a security guard at Albion Estate after I lost my job with GUYSUCO. I must confess that I was very depressed and heartbroken after I was paid severance and after investing same in rebuilding the humble home that my wife and son occupied, I was struggling severely due to the fact that finding employment was a challenging task for me.

Mr. Editor, it was during a frank discussion that I requested some assistance from Mr. Heath-London as I related the great and at times unbearable hardships that my family and I were experiencing. I subsequently gained employment and must say that as a result of Mr. Heath-London’s generosity and assistance, I have been able to provide for my family, thus helping me to keep us all happy.

I confess that I was moved to write with the other families to do this letter as a result of the excellent and fantastic weekend stay that we were rewarded with at the Watooka Guest House. It must be noted that none of us have ever been to Linden and have ever stayed in a hotel of this magnitude and class. Therefore, you can understand how excited, thrilled and captivated we felt as we were blown away by the very high fantastic and very comfortable hotel and experience that our children benefitted from.

Further, the various tours to several educational and historical places and sites in Linden further enhanced the knowledge of our children as we were able to dismantle several myths, while replacing them with facts. We would like to express to Minister Jordan that our tongues are too short to justly express how thankful and happy we are to have been able to see a different part of Guyana, while being educated on the still many rich and breathtakingly beautiful places that exist in this country. I would like to say that as a father seeing the beautiful smiles and deep appreciation from the faces of the children told us a really great story and I would stress that it is one that will forever be remembered by the children and their families. At first, I must confess that I was somewhat hesitant to go upon the trip and this was a result of what many persons living on the Canje and Corentyne areas are told about Linden and people living in Linden. However, while we only spent a weekend, I must admit that it was enough to remove the many myths and perceptions of those living in the mining community. It afforded us a first-hand experience of Guyanese hospitality irrespective of one’s race, colour, religious views and most importantly, cultural heritage. We had a grand time and left the Watooka Guest House with the understanding that Guyana has a lot to offer and the experience that we gained while on this weekend trip was certainly worth more than anything else in the world that money can buy.

Mr Editor, it’s important to add that the financial assistance being provided to our children by NICIL/SPU is greatly appreciated and continues to play a critically important part in enhancing our daily lives. While I am fortunate now to have a job like the father of Chitra, whose father is the only breadwinner in their home, Marrissa is not this fortunate as her mother is able to work only one and sometimes two or three days a week garnering fish glue, which is then used to provide food for her and her four children. I am aware that while Chitra’s family and I have smaller families, Marissa’s mother is saddled with four children with one preparing for CXC this year and a daily challenge of finding transportation money to send her children to school. It’s no secret that its worst for them. However, we are all happy and pleased that the money being given to us respectively is being stretched to do additional things to further reduce some of the grave and unbearable challenges that we are faced with.

Mr Editor, we would have liked to thank Minister Jordan and Mr. Heath-London personally, as we are forever thankful for the genuine and sincere interest and assistance being entrusted in us; however, based on both their very busy schedules, we are cognizant that it may not be possible. Thus, I have decided on behalf of all the families to express our deep thanks and gratitude by way of this letter. I trust and hope that it gets to them both that we are truly happy and grateful to them. I would like to confirm on behalf of my wife and son Pawan and to also reiterate on behalf of Chitra and Marrissa that they will continue working exceptionally hard to maintain high and very impressive grades. As such, this will ensure that Minister Jordan and Mr. Heath-London and all of the other staff at NICIL/SPU remain proud of their academic growth. I can assure the Honourable Minister that in some years’ time these three individuals who were once seen as poverty stricken and financially incapable of supporting themselves through school because of the grave challenges faced by their respective families, would be prominent individuals who would have used poverty to prosperity as their motto in succeeding.

Mr. Editor, on behalf of the three families, I would like to say once again thank you to Minister Jordan and similar thanks to Mr. Colvin Heath-London for his willingness, care and affection in helping our children, as it is through the generous help and assistance of NICIL/SPU that has enabled them all to be able to attend secondary school and also to be able to garner some financial assistance to enable them during their school attendance.

Regards
Anand Kumar Etwaroo

Source: The Guyana Chronicle.

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