President David Granger wants all Guyanese, especially those of African decent to organize and mobilise to ensure that the country reaches the targets achievable during this International Decade for people of African Descent.
While addressing an Emancipation symposium organized by the Cuffy 250 Organisation on Sunday, Mr. Granger said Guyanese must plan seriously and not agonise about the state of the country.
“I reiterate that twenty months of the International Decade have elapsed already. This is the time to organize. This is the time to mobilise and not to agonize interminably about the condition in which we find ourselves as a nation,” he said.
The President explained that organizing and mobilising now will ensure that at the end of the decade, the Government and the Guyanese people can report confidently they have achieved the objectives.
“Consult among yourselves how best the African Guyanese organizations in Guyana can be mobilized to achieve specific measureable targets month after month, year after year in the fulfillment and achievement of those objectives.”
Mr. Granger recalled that over the past 25 years, there has been a remarkable revival of social consciousness where several African-Guyanese organisations have been established.
He urged that more forums be created, so that nobody is left out and everyone could be involved and consulted.
“My brothers and sisters, this is the time to organize, the time to mobilize. August 2016 obliges us not only to look back at the contributions of those who helped to build Guyana but also to look forward to the type of country we wish to bequeath to our children and grandchildren,” he added.
President Granger announced that his Government will establish a Lands Commission which will be tasked to rectify that existing anomalies and resolve the controversies surrounding thousands of hectares of communal lands across the country.
The President said that these communal villages are the cradles of the free economy and of local democracy as a whole.
He called on the Cuffy 250 Committee to pay closer attention to what is happening at the level of the villages.
“We have to walk on two legs, not only looking at the economy but also looking at the way those villages are governed. The villages were the homes of our households, homes of our schools, homes of our churches, homes of our farms… So the plan of action which I ask you to contemplate today should aim at revitalizing village economies,” President Granger said.
The forum, which was organised by the Cuffy 250 Committee, was held under the theme, “African Guyanese self-realisation: Challenges for the next 50 years.