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01
Feb 20
Several former Wales estate sugar workers who are now farmers at the estate

…five rice crops harvested since 2017
…’mad rush’ for lands reported

SEVERAL former sugar workers of the Wales Estate who have secured lands at the West Demerara estate have been investing in various forms of agriculture at the location.
According to the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), most of the workers are engaged in cash-crop farming, rice farming and cattle-rearing, among other agricultural activities.

The workers, whose services were terminated when the Wales estate closed in 2017, said that they turned to farming while recognizing that, with sugar no longer profitable, it was time that they got involved in something else. “We are very thankful for the land that was given by the government as while I no longer have employment with Guysuco I can now earn a living form my cash crops,” cash-crop farmer Dhanpaul Samaroo said.

Another farmer, Harry Ketwaroo, who worked at the Guyana Sugar Corporation (Guysuco) for most of his life, said he was excited to have secured land to plant mixed crops which he said were coping well. He said he had no regrets in venturing into this area of agriculture. “When many thought that it was the end for us because we all lost our jobs, I recognized that I can get into mixed crops production and after the lands became available, I took full opportunity of it and today I am doing so well with my farming and earning enough to take care of myself and family,” he said.

Mohamed Rasheed said that, after the closure of the estate, he already knew that he wanted to rear cattle as this was an ideal way for him to garner an income for himself and family. “I opted to get into cattle rearing, as I found that it is what has the money that I can secure to take care of myself and family. After finding out that the lands were available, I decided to make the best use of it by getting into cattle rearing. I am deeply thankful for the land as it has afforded me an opportunity to continue earning,” he declared.

Site Supervisor of the former Wales Estate, Haribhajan Persaud, said that the estate continues to see a “mad rush” for lands from a number of persons, noting that several former sugar workers and prominent large-scale businessmen, as well as foreign investors, are among those seeking lands.

He said that, unlike several other closed sugar factories, Wales had to take a different approach owing to the fact that it no longer had a factory. Persaud disclosed that they have been leasing lands for agricultural purposes, stressing that several investors and small farmers have been benefitting.

He said the former sugar workers turn small farmers, have declared that they are pleased and satisfied that they are able to still earn a living through their agricultural investment. “Several persons are already in their lands and while we have not completed distribution we have already given out as there are far more applications than what is available as there is a mad rush for the lands here,” he said.

He disclosed that of the 7943 acres of land that the estate owns, NICIL has set aside 1000 acres for its own cultivation of rice. He disclosed that, originally, they had conceptualized doing seed paddy in an effort to assist the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB), as the holding company pursued this venture in collaboration with the estate.

He noted that there were five rice crops since the last half of 2017. Persaud said that they were pleased to see that several former sugar workers were coming up with various business ideas in agriculture, stressing that they were mainly seeking land for cash crops as well as passion fruit, citrus farming and cattle rearing.

“Several of the former sugar workers who have secured lands here are into cash crops where they plant mainly passion fruit and citrus, while some are doing cattle rearing as they seek to continue creating employment for themselves. We are pleased with this as the interest continues to grow and we are seeing more and more former sugar workers, who initially were reluctant to secure lands now coming forward to garner lands for various types of agriculture-related business,” the estate Site Supervisor said.

He disclosed that some had already harvested, while others were harvesting again as they continued to maximize the lands that once were used for sugar. He said that the cash crops were being planted on arable lands, which are fertile lands, while those into cattle rearing were doing so on marginal lands. He said that the marginal lands don’t support agriculture but grow mainly pasture grass.

The farmers who have decided to pursue their own ventures have each worked in excess of fifteen years at the Guyana Sugar Corporation. Several of the farmers said that they opted to access the lands as they wanted to continue providing employment for themselves.
They all expressed thanks to the government, stressing that it had certainly enhanced their ability to live comfortably despite no longer being employed in the sugar industry.

 

Source: Guyana Chronicle

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 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.

14
Jan 20

Dear Editor,

There is so much promise offered for resuscitating Guyana’s failing sugar industry. In fact it is mostly talk -in isolation of the reality that it has contracted substantively over the last two decades amongst the once heralded West Indies sugar producers.

The Caribbean Sugar Associa-tion now consists only of Jamaica, Barbados (primarily for rum) Guyana and Belize.

Briefly the historical record of contraction of the sugar industry in Guyana is as follows:

At the early 19th century there were close to 400 sugar planta-tions. Through amalgamation there followed progressive reduction; to 238 by 1829; 138 by 1890; 80 by 1900; 39 by 1922; 18 by 1967; 11 by 1976 – the year of nationalisation; and then to 10 in 1978.

Factory operations were also reduced, being proportionately centralised from 62 factories in 1897 to 21 by 1928 and 10 1978.

By the end of 2010 the disposition of grinding estates was as follows: in Berbice-Skeldon, Albion/Port Mourant (the latter half of the name memorialises Port Mourant estate which factory was closed in 1955); Rose Hall and Blairmont Estates.

In Demerara were: Enmore, La Bonne Intention (LBI)/Ogle (factory closed in 2011); Diamond Estate (factory closed since 1987)

Wales Estate-closed in 2016 on the second attempt (politically), Leonora Estate was closed back in 1986; while Uitvlugt Estate remains operational.

At the end of 2017 Skeldon, Rose Hall and East Demerara Estate (Enmore & LBI/O) were closed simultaneously.

The broad picture is of closures by both private and government owners. In the milieu small cane farming generated mostly during the period of private ownership, has also been affected.

Next, there has been the issue of the low price of sugar on the international market being compounded by the removal of previous guarantees by the U.K., then the E.U.

In addition to reduced production, there is the matter of unacceptably low productivity-in the first instance resulting from the increasing migration of the skills and competencies-of managerial through to operatives levels.

There is no question that the cost of production of sugar in Guyana has been prohibitive and has substantively denied profitability.

The fact is that no other sugar industry in the world has had components as the following included in its production costs:

– Free medical benefits to all employees, spouses, unemployed children up to age 18years;/and all pensioners (some 4000 at last count).

– A contributory Hospital and Maternity Scheme which subsidises local and overseas medical treatment; along with joint contributions to the National Insurance Scheme.

– A full complement of qualified medical and para-medical staff operating across estates’ Primary Health Care Centres.

– Community development and social welfare programmes, implemented by a corps of Industrial Welfare Officers.

– Heavily invested education and training programmes-reflected in annual scholarships to the University of Guyana and the Guyana School of Agriculture; as well as in the Corporation’s sixty-two-year-old Apprentice Training Centre

– Children of employees also benefit from Annual Bursary Awards; while their parents can take advantage of a long established Assistance to Study Scheme.

– There is of course specialised overseas training.

Unfortunately, the peremptory closure of estates in 2017 has seriously reduced the industry’s attractiveness as an employer of choice. In contrast to this writer’s generation, possible invitees for current positions must ponder seriously whether they should invest in careers in an industry patently devoid of the technological resources so desperately needed, particularly in the factories.

There are other operational constraints of course, but more critically attention has to be paid to the euphemism that continues to be described as ‘Industrial Relations’

Not totally irrelevant was the pride recently displayed by the operative Union-GAWU- in the execution of the 135 days strike during 1977-78. It was only one of several similar episodes experienced in previous years, and which deserve being recorded in the Guinness Book of Records for any industry world-wide.

See the following sample table.

The above numbers, rather than showing the strength of the Union, more reflects the state of constipation in the relationships between the latter and the industry’s leadership. Embedded in the psychological make-up of both of the parties is this DNA of hostility for which Management must first take responsibility.

The latter’s leadership, too long cramped in the repetition of past experiences, has never seriously attempted to devise an initiative for more positive interaction with the Union-aimed at the construction of a truly productive partnership. Right now, and indeed for the longest while, everyone loses, particularly the workers who are (mis) led.

Tragically, the official decision-makers have been too myopic regarding the need for creating a totally new strategy-beyond mere revival of the industry.

Meanwhile the current administration has been eloquently silent about the effectiveness of their Special Purpose Unit, the performance of which begs to be urgently audited. Reports are that it has irredeemably undermined management ethic, employee morale and, further, the quality of leadership which anxiously begs to be upgraded.

There is therefore a case to be made for requiring the Special Purpose Unit to publicly declare to what extent it has achieved its purpose, in order to inform the professed objective of reviving the sugar industry in Guyana?? (When will the promised investors arrive?)

In this connection there has also been much talk of ‘Diversification’, indeed as if it were an original concept. Already in 1970 Bookers Sugar Estates had distributed, and were involved in, the following table.

But then few would remember the Guyana Agricultural Products Corporation (GAPC) which was absorbed into GuySuCo as its Other Crops Division. Headed by a Chief Executive Officer, operations included the following:

– Wauna Oil Palm Project-in the North West District

– San Jan Oil Palm Project-on the West Bank of the Demerara
River

– Charity Cassava Mill-on the Essequibo Coast

– Kaituma Cassava Mill-North West District

– Enmore Cassava Experimental Project-East Coast Demerara

– Blairmont Fish Farm-West Berbice

– Manaribisi State Farm-Corentyne

Also there was some cheese produced by a factory established at Versailles, West Bank Demerara and sold in a few supermarkets.

More latterly there was much consideration given to establishing a technologically imaginative aquaculture project at Wales Estate

Then in the confusion following the multiple estate closures there was the internationally funded multi-agency project conducted by the NIRAS Group from overseas.

In addition to all the above, there may also be a case for revisiting some relevant recommendations of the Report of the Commission of the Inquiry into the Sugar Industry (which appeared not to have been read by its sponsors).

But also two imperatives need to be addressed as a matter urgency are:

1) The submission by the SPU of a comprehensive report on its activities since its appointment; and the justification for its own survival;

2) A review of the leadership capabilities in the Corporation, and the worth of its contribution to the revival so prayerfully espoused.

Yours faithfully,

E.B. John

Source: Stabroek News.

30
Dec 19

NICIL further rewards scholarship awardees

From left are Edward Anderson, Marissa, Pawan, Chitra and Basoodeo Utam
From left are Edward Anderson, Marissa, Pawan, Chitra and Basoodeo Utam

Three Berbice High School students who were awarded the first National Industrial & Commercial Investments Ltd (NICIL) National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) scholarships for 2019 were once again all rewarded by the company for excelling at their Christmas term exams.

According to a NICIL release, the students, Pawan Etwaroo, Chitra Ramdihal and Marissa Siriram, all scored over 70 per cent at their exams.

Pawan Etwaroo and Chitra Ramdihal, had both topped Region Six, while Marissa Siriram had come in fifth. However, while they were all placed in different Grade Seven classes, Ramdihal achieved 83% with Siriram gaining 76.8% and Etwaroo 74.6%.  The students were all elated to have scored over 70% and promised to improve their performances next term. Etwaroo also was able to make his school under-15 cricket team, confessing that he has a deep passion for the game. He however promised to balance his love for cricket with his studies to ensure that his grades remain impressive.

The scholarship was instituted by the NICIL’s CEO, Colvin Heath-London, after the Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan, felt that something tangible ought to be done to reward the children of former and or present GuySuCo workers in Region Six who performed exceptionally well at the 2019 NGSA. After receiving the Minister’s approval, the NICIL/SPU Region Six NGSA Scholarship was established. The top five students for Region Six were awarded with school supplies and a monthly stipend of $50,000 each.

At a presentation ceremony, NICIL’s Rose Hall Berbice Estate Manager, Edward Anderson, expressed his company’s pleasure to be once again rewarding the students. He noted that their investment thus far in the three children is certainly paying off as it was evident that with the required support, financial and otherwise, that they could certainly achieve their academic goals. “When we decided to invest into these children, [we] recognized that it was the right thing to do as they were evidently faced with challenging financial difficulties. As such, we felt that such a scholarship programme would have further enhanced their academic ability as it is a known fact that some students are unable to perform to their highest potential because of financial difficulties facing their homes,” Anderson was quoted as saying.

Anderson reiterated his company’s commitment to continue lending valuable support and assistance to the three students urging them to be aware that their performance would help in reaffirming NICIL’s belief that they are worthy of financial and other support. “All we at NICIL expect of you is to do your best and we are already aware that you three are highflyers, so continue the trend of excelling as we are definitely confident of you going on to achieve your set dreams. Guyana will certainly be a better place with three top professionals in some years’ time,” he declared.

Deputy Headmaster of Berbice High, Basoodeo Utam, congratulated the students for what he said were excellent performances. He declared that he along with the rest of the school’s teaching staff were impressed with the conduct and performances of the three students, singling out Etwaroo’s selection to the school’s cricket team. “We are aware of Pawan’s cricketing ability and we intend to continue lending support to him as he continues to excel in both sports and academics. While Chitra is leaning towards the arts we recognise that Marissa is a very shy young lady, but we are confident that before the end of the academic year that they both would also be deeply involved in extracurricular activities,” the Deputy said.

Utam acknowledged that the school recognised that several students were from financially challenged homes and has been raising funds through the execution of a number of projects and programmes so that they could lend assistance to those greatly in need. He disclosed that the school concert was able to assist the school in distributing over 30 hampers to some of the school’s most needy students and intends to lend further assistance to other students in the new year.

“Support from Corporate companies and organizations like NICIL helps us significantly in achieving our set objects and goals and we are appealing to others to emulate the actions of NICIL as I can assure you that with the relevant support and assistance these students can and will excel,” Utam urged.

As part of their reward package the three students will be spending the weekend with their parents and siblings at the Watooka Guest House, while touring several places of interest in Region Ten next weekend.

 

Source: Stabroek News

29
Dec 19

The three students who were awarded the first National Industrial and Commercial Investments/Special Purpose Unit (NICIL/SPU)-National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) scholarship for 2019 were again rewarded by the company for excelling at their Christmas term exams.

From left – Mr. Edward Anderson, Marissa Siriram, Pawan Etwaroo, Chitra Ramdihal and Deputy HM, Mr. Basdeo Utam

 

The students who are all attending the Berbice High School all scored over 70 percent at their exams.
The scholarship was instituted by the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) (ag), Colvin Heath-London, who acted upon a suggestion by Finance Minister, Winston Jordan that something tangible should be done to reward the top performing children of former and/or present GUYSUCO workers in Region Six.

He had given the required approval, thus setting in motion the establishment of the NICIL/SPU Region Six NGSA Scholarship. The students who were among the top five performers of Region Six were awarded with school supplies and a monthly stipend of $50,000 each.

The students Pawan Etwaroo and Chitra Ramdihal had both topped Region Six, while Marissa Siriram was fifth top performer. They were all placed in different Grade Seven classes with Ramdihal achieving 83 percent, Sirinam 76.8 percent and Etwaroo 74.6 percent.
The students were all elated to have scored over 70 percent and committed to improving their respective performances next term.
Etwaroo, who was also able to make his school’s under 15 cricket team, said that he has a deep passion for cricket. He however promised to balance his love for cricket and books thus ensuring that his grades will be one that remains impressive.
At a simple presentation ceremony, NICIL’s Rose Hall Berbice Estate Manager, Edward Anderson, said that the company was very excited to once again be rewarding the students.

He said that the investment in the students is paying off.
“When we decided to invest in these children we recognized that it was the right thing to do as they were evidently faced with challenging financial difficulties.
“As such, we felt that such a scholarship programme would have further enhanced their academic ability as it is a known fact that some students are unable to perform to their highest potential because of financial difficulties facing their homes,” Anderson said.
The Rose Hall Berbice estate manager reiterated his company’s commitment to continue lending valuable support and assistance to the three students urging them to be cognizant that their performance would help in reaffirming NICIL’s belief that they are worthy of financial and other support.

“All we at NICIL expect of you is to do your best and we are already aware that you three are highflyers, so continue the trend of excelling as we are definitely confident that you are all going to achieve your dreams.
“Guyana will certainly be a better place with three top professionals in some years’ time,” he declared.
Deputy Headmaster of the Berbice High, Basdeo Utam, congratulated the students for what he said were excellent performances. He declared that he and the rest of the school’s teaching staff are impressed with the conduct and performances of the three students.
He, however, singled out Etwaroo’s elevation into the school’s cricket team as outstanding.
“We are aware of Pawan’s cricketng ability and we intend to continue lending support to him as he continues to excel in both sports and academics. While Chitra is leaning towards the arts we recognize that Marissa is a very shy young lady, but we are confident that before the end of the academic year that they both would also be deeply involved in extra curriculum activities,” the Deputy HM said.
Recognizing that several students come from financially and other challenged homes, Utam said that the school has been raising funds to lend assistance to those in dire need.

He disclosed that at a recent school concert 30 hampers were distributed to some of the school’s most needy students and further assistance will be provided in the New Year.
“Support from Corporate companies and organizations like NICIL help us significantly in achieving our set objects and goals and we are appealing to others to emulate the actions of NICIL as I can assure you that with the relevant support and assistance these students can and will excel,” Utam said.

As part of their reward package the three NICIL scholarship students will be spending the weekend with their parents and siblings at the Watooka Guest House. They would be touring several places of interest in Region Ten next weekend.

 

Source: Kaieteur News

29
Dec 19

– all scored over 70%

THREE students who were each awarded the first NICIL NGSA scholarships for 2019 were all rewarded by the company for once again excelling at their Christmas Term exams. The students, who are all attending Berbice High, each scored over 70% at their exams.

A company press release said that the scholarship was instituted by their CEO, Colvin Heath-London after Minister of Finance Winston Jordan felt that something tangible should be done to reward the children of former and or present GUYSUCO workers in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) who would have done exceptionally well at the 2019 NGSA.

The minister had given the required approval, thus setting the establishment of the NICIL/SPU Region Six NGSA Scholarship into effect. The students, who all made Region Six’s Top Five, were awarded with school supplies and a monthly stipend of 50,000.00 each.

The students, Pawan Etwaroo and Chitra Ramdihal had both topped Region Six, while Marissa Siriram had come in fifth. However, while they were all placed in different Grade Seven classes, Ramdihal achieved 83% with Sirinam gaining 76.8% and Etwaroo 74.6%. The students were all elated to have scored over 70%, and promised to improve their performances next term. “Etwaroo also was able to make his school’s Under-15 cricket team, confessing that he has a deep passion for cricket. He, however, promised to balance his love for cricket and books, thus ensuring that his grades will remain impressive.

At the simple presentation ceremony, NICIL Rose Hall Berbice Estate Manager, Edward Anderson said that the company was very excited to once again be rewarding the students. He said that their investment thus far in the three children is certainly paying off, as it is evident that with the required financial and other support, they can certainly achieve their set academic goals. “When we decided to invest in these children, [we] recognied that it was the right thing to do, as they were evidently faced with challenging financial difficulties. As such, we felt that such a scholarship programme would have further enhanced their academic ability, as it is a known fact that some students are unable to perform to their highest potential because of financial difficulties facing their homes,” Anderson said.

The Rose Hall Berbice Estate Manager reiterated his company’s commitment to continue lending valuable support and assistance to the three students, urging them to be cognisant that their performance would help in reaffirming NICIL’s belief that they are worthy of financial and other support. “All we at NICIL expect of you is to do your best, and we are already aware that you three are high-flyers. So, continue the trend of excelling, as we are definitely confident of you going on to achieve your set dreams. Guyana will certainly be a better place with three top professionals in some years’ time,” he declared.

Meanwhile, Deputy Headmaster of Berbice High Basodeo Utam congratulated the students for what he said were excellent performances. He declared that he, along with the rest of the school’s teaching staff is impressed with the conduct and performances of the three students, singling our Etwaroo’s elevation into the school’s cricket team. “We are aware of Pawan’s cricketing ability, and we intend to continue lending support to him as he continues to excel in both sports and academics. While Chitra is leaning towards the arts, we recognise that Marissa is a very shy young lady, but we are confident that before the end of the academic year, that they both would also be deeply involved in extra curriculum activities,” the Deputy HM said.

As part of their reward package, the three students will be spending the weekend with their parents and siblings at the Watooka Guest House, while they would be touring several places of interest in Region Ten (Upper Demerara-Berbice) next weekend.

Source: The Guyana Chronicle.

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Jul 19

Dear Editor,

Please allow me space in your newspaper to address a letter written by Ms. Audreyanna Thomas in Stabroek News dated July 08, 2019 captioned, `What NICIL-SPU is doing to GuySuCo has reached the highest level of provocation’.

Editor, to say that I was surprised to see Ms. Thomas’ missive would be an understatement, in fact I was appalled given the circumstance that there were several death threats on my life, coupled with a series of bomb threats to the NICIL- SPU Head office and a few of our other locations. These matters are currently under active police investigations; hence I further say not.

However, I would like to remind Ms. Thomas, who is the current Public Relations Officer of GuySuCo, and is tasked with the responsibility of handling all aspects of planned publicity campaigns and PR activities for the company, that she should have availed herself with the facts of this very sensitive security matter. In fact, it was only Friday last, that I had a discussion which GuySuCo’s CEO Mr. Harold Davis Jr., who is au fait with this matter.

Ms. Thomas should also be cognizant that her seminal role in GuySuCo’s PR entails relationship management. This involves the role of public relations in identifying key publics and establishing strategies for building and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with those publics. In order for her to carry out those functions effectively she should arm herself with the facts of this matter before firing off shots in the dark.

Yours faithfully,
Colvin Heath London
Executive Head
NICIL-SPU
CEO(ag.) NICIL

 

Source: Stabroek News

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