First Lady urges pensioners to use technology to contribute to society

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Pensioners who gathered at the Baridi Benab, State House Compound on Sunday to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Government Pensioners Association of Guyana, were urged to develop their Information and Communications Technology (ICT) skills.

First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger delivering the feature address noted that with the acquired work experience over the years, senior citizens can still be able to contribute to society after retirement with the use of technology.

“In this age of technology which has also been called the Fourth Industrial Revolution, you can develop and enhance your skills in information and communication technologies. Then, applying those skills and experience together with the knowledge and expertise you acquired during your careers in the public service, you can work from your homes, work full time or part time, and provide the services needed in Guyana’s expanding economy,” Mrs. Granger said.

The First Lady was accompanied by President David Granger.

The First Lady was accompanied by President David Granger. (Ministry of the Presidency photo)

Mrs. Granger said it is interesting that this year’s celebration is being held under the theme “The Age of Promise”.

She complimented the pensioners for not “sitting back and anticipating quiet days at home”.

Mrs. Granger reminded the pensioners that their presence at the brunch is testimony of the shared knowledge of the rules and procedures of their various ministries and agencies, of working towards deadlines and crunching numbers in their respective budgets and of hustling to transmit documents to Permanent Secretaries and or Ministers.

From third left, President David Granger, First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger and President of the Government Pensioners Association of Guyana, Mr. Kerry Barker, with the Association’s Executive and Committee members. (Ministry of the Presidency photo)

“This proves that your lives have meaning, with the skills and expertise you share. It also means that you can continue to be relevant if you take advantage of the opportunities offered in this era of lifelong education,” Mrs. Granger said.

Those in attendance were treated to poems, music and songs.

This milestone celebration is occurring during the month in which senior citizens are honoured.

(Extracted and modified from the Ministry of the Presidency)

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