Residents of Cuyuni-Mazaruni (Region Seven), yesterday witnessed Bartica’s inaugural township celebration, a historic event for the 185-year-old community.
President David Granger, First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger, Minister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon, Minister of Social Cohesion, Ms. Amna Ally, Minister of Public Health, Dr. George Norton, Minister of Communities, Mr. Ronald Bulkan, Minister of Social Protection, Ms. Volda Lawrence, parliamentarians, mayors of the other towns and other dignitaries were also in attendance.
The event commenced with a military march pass parade at First Avenue, Bartica, followed by interfaith prayers, a wreath laying ceremony and the official township declaration by the Head of State who said that this community, being one of the oldest in Guyana, is most deserving of township status.
The President said Guyana has to move more quickly to develop a green economy and that Bartica, as the country’s first green town, must lead the way in wind and solar energy, solid waste management, electrical vehicles and recycling.
He also urged residents to become a magnet for economic growth and for attracting investments and gave assurances of his Government’s commitment to ensure that the necessary infrastructure is put in place to facilitate such growth.