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13
Feb 20

There will be the turning of the sod this afternoon to start the construction of a US$75M, 150-room hotel at Ogle, East Coast Demerara. The hotel to be named AC Marriott, will take 30 months to complete, with Trinidadian businessman, John Aboud, as the investor.

CEO of Trinuyana Investment Inc., John Aboud

The land would be in the vicinity of where the old headquarters of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), at Ogle is located. It will also reportedly be close to where a bypass road linking the East Bank Demerara will be built.
According to an invitation from the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan, will deliver the keynote address.
NICIL is the same state-owned company which built the US$51M, 197-room Marriott Hotel at Kingston. That has been filled to capacity as a result of the current oil activities in Guyana. The country has been seeking additional quality hotels.
AC Marriott is said to be a subsidiary of Marriott International.
According to NICIL, it recently signed an agreement with Trinuyana Investments Incorporated of Guyana to develop a “world class, iconic, select service, internationally branded Hotel – AC Marriott Hotel”.
NICIL said that the project is already underway with the commencement of geo-technical works.
“The construction of the hotel will bring additional rooms to add to the national hotel stock, which will (help) stimulate the local economy through additional employment opportunities and business development.”
NICIL said that Trinuyana Investments Incorporated intends to target business travellers to Guyana, especially those linked to Guyana’s nascent oil and gas sector.
The new hotel also wants to target ExxonMobil (Guyana) headquarters, which will be situated in proximity to the Eugene F. Correia International Airport, Ogle.

An artist’s impression of the façade of the AC Marriott Hotel planned for Ogle, East Coast Demerara.

“Trinuyana Investments Incorporated principals are confident that the proposed development will boost the existing architectural and landscape ambience of the Ogle area while providing a sustainable design approach, ensuring that the space remains a unique, iconic, Caribbean-wide destination.”
Also set to address the sod-turning will be Chief Executive Officer of NICIL, Colvin Heath-London.
According to NICIL, an initial 400-plus jobs will be created during construction, with some 200 permanent ones upon completion.
NICIL’s Privatization Specialist (Acting) Rachael Henry disclosed that the hotel will be constructed over four floors.
She disclosed that her agency and the CEO of Trinuyana Investment Inc (Guyana and Trinidad), John Aboud held lengthy discussions before arriving at the decision to construct the hotel.
Henry said that the hotel will have several amenities. Among them conference, office and some state-of-the-art living facilities, which he said would be integrated into the hotel complex.
“This is the culmination of negotiations that NICIL had with this company and the result is a major brand name hotel coming to Guyana so that all can benefit from it, as it certainly will boost our tourism and ultimately our country revenues,” Henry said
CEO of Trinuyana, John Aboud, according to the statement from NICIL, said that he is excited over the fact that the project will finally be rolled out, stressing that the work of NICIL was significant in ensuring that the hotel project becomes a reality.
He disclosed that he was very impressed with the manner in which NICIL and their team conducted the discussion, stressing that NICIL sought to secure the best possible deal for Guyana.
He disclosed that he was eyeing Guyana for a number of years, but about three years ago felt confident enough to move ahead with the project. He pointed out that while they don’t have major personnel on the ground as yet, he foresees this being a reality in early March, noting that they anticipate construction commencing in a few months.
Aboud, who NICIL said heads a major investment company in Trinidad and Tobago, pointed out that he fell in love with the numerous opportunities that exist here. He stated that Guyana is poised significantly to benefit significantly from what he dubbed as its rapidly growing tourism market.
“After visiting here a few times and seeing the numerous opportunities that exist, I decided to invest in buying some land, as I see that there is a need for such investment to further propel Guyana’s tourism,” Aboud said.
He said that the first-class hotel will cater for both business and tourism-related visitors.
He revealed that the first cost would be to the tune of US$75 million, stressing that another significant amount of money is expected to be pumped into the hotel as they seek to take it to the acceptable international standard.
Aboud further revealed that the hotel, which will contain 150 rooms, is a five-star hotel, noting that the new brand is one that is fresh and is the latest being managed by Marriott.
Meanwhile, Heath-London noted that the people can expect NICIL pursuing a number of opportunities that will yield significant revenues and benefits for the country.
He stressed that his team had engaged Trinuyana and is satisfied that their investment is ideal and most importantly, timely.
“We are very pleased with the investment that Mr. Aboud and team would be bringing to Guyana and are very confident that the government and people of Guyana will certainly benefit from this major hotel investment,” Heath-London stressed.

 

Source: Kaieteur News

12
Feb 20

According to the NICIL statement, the new hotel is expected to provide an initial 400 plus jobs during construction and some 200 permanent jobs upon completion.

AC Marriott Hotel to be constructed at OgleThe Government’s holding company, NICIL today announced that a new AC Marriott Hotel will be constructed within the next 30 months at Ogle.

The hotel which will be known as the AC Marriott is being built at a cost of US$75million with additional costs to follow.

According to the NICIL statement, the new hotel is expected to provide an initial 400 plus jobs during construction and some 200 permanent jobs upon completion.

The hotel will have 150 rooms and will be constructed over four floors. The Triniyuana Investment company is behind the project.

Facilities will include conference rooms, offices and some state-of-the-art living facilities, which would be integrated into the hotel complex.

Finance Minister Winston Jordan has welcomed the investment. In an invited comment, Mr. Jordan said the investment “is another indication of the Government’s commitment to diversify the economy and to support the rapidly developing tourism sector consistent with the Government’s policy of not depending on oil. I am particularly pleased that this investment is sited outside of Georgetown in the emerging of business commerce and services in Ogle”.

He added that the investment also shows that the investment climate that the government has been cultivating has attracted the attention of foreign investors and is paying off.

The CEO of the Triniyuana Investment company was quoted as saying that the move to build the hotel is the culmination of negotiations that NICIL had with his company and the result is another major brand name hotel coming to Guyana.

The CEO John Aboud said that he is excited over the fact that the project will finally be rolled out, stressing that the work of NICIL was significant in ensuring that the hotel project becomes a reality.

“The discussions were very lengthy and at times challenging but ultimately we understood as they wanted the best deal for Guyana and that is fine as every agency and or business wants what’s best for them,” he said.

He disclosed that he was eyeing Guyana for a number of years but about three years ago felt confident enough to move ahead with the project. He pointed out that while they don’t have major personnel on the ground as yet, he foresees this being a reality in early March, noting that they anticipate construction commencing in a few months.

He said that the first-class hotel will cater for both business and tourism related visitors. He revealed that the first cost would be to the tune of US$75 million, stressing that another significant amount of monies is expected to be pump into the hotel as they seek to take it to the acceptable international standard.

Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer acting of NICIL Colvin Heath-London said his team had engaged Triniyuana and is satisfied that their investment is ideal and timely.

“We are very pleased with the investment that Mr. Aboud and team would be bringing to Guyana and is very confident that the government and people of Guyana will certainly benefit from this major hotel investment,” Heath-London stressed.

The construction of the hotel is expected to take some 30 months.

 

Source: newssourcegy

Trinuyana Investments Incorporated of Guyana recently signed an Agreement with the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) to develop a world class, iconic, select service, internationally branded Hotel – AC Marriott Hotel.
 
The announcement was made today by NICIL via a press statement. NICIL said the project will cost US$75M.
 
The project is already underway with the commencement of Geotechnical works and the hotel will be completed in thirty (30) months.
 
“The construction of the hotel will bring additional rooms to add to the national hotel stock, which will (help) stimulate the local economy through additional employment opportunities and business development,” NICIL said.
 
These are expected to further augment the Government’s efforts to develop the tourism sector and expand the economy.
 
NICIL said Trinuyana Investments Incorporated will target business travelers to Guyana, especially those linked to Guyana’s nascent ‘Oil and Gas’ sector and the creation of Exxon Mobil (Guyana) Headquarters, which will be situated in proximity to the Eugene F. Correia International Airport.
 
NICIL further said Trinuyana Investments Incorporated principals are confident that the proposed development will boost the existing architectural and landscape ambiance of the Ogle area while providing a sustainable design approach, ensuring that the space remains a unique, iconic, Caribbean-Wide destination.
 
The sod-turning ceremony will be held tomorrow.
Source: inewsguyana
12
Feb 20

A section of the former sugar estate land at Ogle, East Coast Demerara, where the new 150-room Marriott hotel will be built.

A new five-star 150-room AC Marriott Hotel is scheduled for construction in Guyana this year, government’s National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) announced on Wednesday.

“Trinuyana Investments Incorporated principals are confident that the proposed development will boost the existing architectural and landscape ambience of the Ogle area while providing a sustainable design approach, ensuring that the space remains a unique, iconic, Caribbean-Wide destination,” NICIL said.

ExxonMobil’s headquarters and two domestic airlines – TransGuyana and Jag’s Aviation/BK are building hangars and associated properties on land being controlled by Eugene F. Correia International Airport.

A sod turning event for the US$75-million project is scheduled for Thursday at a former sugar cane field at Ogle, East Coast Demerara, away from the flight-path of the Eugene F. Correia International Airport. The Ogle Estate is one of several East Demerara sugar estates that have been closed as part of the restructuring of the state-owned Guyana Sugar Corporation.

NICIL says the hotel is expected to begin construction in March and end in three years. The government holding company for state assets says 400 new jobs will be created during construction, and 200 permanent jobs after completion.

NICIL’s Privatization Specialist Racheal Henry said the AC Marriott Hotel is expected to have 150 rooms and more than four floors.

The CEO of Triniyuana Investment Inc (Guyana and Trinidad), John Aboud says that the hotel complex will integrate several amenities including conference rooms, offices and state-of-the-art living facilities.

Mr. Aboud says that the hotel site is a strategic location for the future stressing that the hotel’s presence will further enhance and greatly boost the economic activity taking place at Ogle.

NICIL Chief Executive Officer, Colvin Heath-London says Guyana can expect NICIL pursuing a number of opportunities that will yield significant revenues and benefits for the country.

The government-owned 197-room Marriott Hotel in Kingston, Georgetown, was built at a cost of US$51 million by Shanghai Construction Group.

 

Source: Demerara Waves

12
Feb 20
John Aboud
John Aboud

Trinuyana Investments Incorporated of Guyana recently signed an Agreement with the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) to develop a world class, select service, internationally branded Hotel – AC Marriott Hotel on the Ogle Airstrip Road.

A sod-turning ceremony will be held tomorrow.

As of June 8, 2011, AC Hotels by Marriott operates as a subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc.

A release from NICIL today said that the US$75m project is “already underway with the commencement of Geotechnical works and the hotel will be completed in thirty (30) months.  The construction of the hotel will bring additional rooms to add to the national hotel stock, which will (help) stimulate the local economy through additional employment opportunities and business development”.

This project will likely raise more questions about the authority of the caretaker administration just days before general elections.

It is also unclear whether environmental and social impact studies were done and the relevant permits issued.

The NICIL press release said that the rooms  are expected to  augment the Government’s efforts to develop the tourism sector and expand the economy.  It added that Trinuyana Investments Incorporated will target business travelers to Guyana, especially those linked to Guyana’s nascent ‘Oil and Gas’ sector and the creation of the ExxonMobil (Guyana) Headquarters, which will be situated in proximity to the Eugene F. Correia International Airport.

The release added that Trinuyana Investments Incorporated principals are “confident that the proposed development will boost the existing architectural and landscape ambience of the Ogle area while providing a sustainable design approach, ensuring that the space remains a unique, iconic, Caribbean-Wide destination”.

NICIL this afternoon said that Trinidadian John Aboud is the investor and the project is expected to provide an initial 400-plus jobs during construction and some 200 permanent jobs upon completion.

NICIL’s Privatization Specialist (acting) Racheal Henry said in another press release that the hotel is expected to have some 150 rooms and will be constructed over four floors. She said that her agency and the CEO of Triniyuana Investment Inc (Guyana and Trinidad), John Aboud held lengthy discussions before arriving at the decision to construct the hotel. Henry said among the planned facilities are  offices and some state-of-the-art living facilities which would be integrated into the hotel complex.

“This is the culmination of negotiations that NICIL had with this company and the result is a major brand name hotel coming to Guyana so that all can benefit from it as it certainly will boost our tourism and ultimately our country’s revenues,” Henry said

Aboud said in the release that he is excited over the fact that the project will finally be rolled out, stressing that the work of NICIL was significant in ensuring that the hotel project becomes a reality.

He said that he had been eyeing Guyana for a number of years but about three years ago felt confident enough to move ahead with the project. He pointed out that while they don’t have major personnel on the ground as yet, he foresees this being a reality in early March, noting that they anticipate construction commencing in a few months.

NICIL said that Aboud who heads a major investment company in Trinidad and Tobago saw numerous opportunities here.

“After visiting here a few times and seeing the numerous opportunities that exists, I decided to invest in buying some land as I see that there is a need for such investment to further propel Guyana’s tourism,” Aboud said in the release.

He said that the first-class hotel will cater for both business and tourism related visitors. He revealed that the first cost would be to the tune of US$75 million, stressing that another significant amount of monies is expected to be pumped into the hotel.

Aboud further said that the hotel which will contain 150 rooms is a five-star facility, noting that the new brand is one that is fresh and is the latest being managed by Marriott.

Chief Executive Officer acting of NICIL, Colvin Heath-London congratulated Aboud and team, noting that the people can expect NICIL pursuing a number of opportunities that will yield significant revenues and benefits for the country. He stressed that his team had engaged Triniyuana and is satisfied that their investment is ideal and most importantly, timely.

“We are very pleased with the investment that Mr. Aboud and team would be bringing to Guyana and is very confident that the government and people of Guyana will certainly benefit from this major hotel investment,” Heath-London said.

 

Source: Stabroek 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.

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

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