PM urges more Guyanese to join army

-as GDF celebrates 50th anniversary

Guyana needs every able-bodied person to defend its national security, and in this light, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo is urging more Guyanese to join the army, GINA said.

Speaking with the media, at the Guyana Defence Force’s (GDF’s) 50thAnniversary Route March and Medal Cere-mony on Saturday at the Square of the Revolution, the PM said that the Force’s 50th anniversary is a good occasion to project to the world that there are Guyanese who love their country dearly, and are prepared to stand up and to join the ranks of the security and armed forces, in defence of its territorial integrity.

“Guyana needs you, Guyana at this time wants every able-bodied person to come forward to serve,” the Prime Minister stated. “The door today is wide open, our country is facing a threat, a challenge from a greedy hungry neighbour, and it is in fact an honour to be enlisted at this time, both as part of the regular ranks or in reserve,” he noted.

 Guyana Defence Officers on the army’s 50th anniversary route march (GINA photo)

Guyana Defence Officers on the army’s 50th anniversary route march (GINA photo)

Minister of State Joseph Harmon told the media at the event that young people need to see service in the army as an honour. “There is no

President David Granger (on dais), Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, Minister of State Joseph Harmon and Minister of Legal Affairs Basil Williams at the Square of the Revolution as Guyana Defence Officers were staging the army’s 50th anniversary route march (GINA photo)
President David Granger (on dais), Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, Minister of State Joseph Harmon and Minister of Legal Affairs Basil Williams at the Square of the Revolution as Guyana Defence Officers were staging the army’s 50th anniversary route march (GINA photo)

greater honour in life for a man than to put his life on line for his country”, Harmon declared. He noted that this is what the GDF soldiers do every day. “They defend the territorial integrity of the state, they assist the civil powers in the maintenance of law and order,   and these are honourable duties and responsibilities, which the GDF has contributed to, over the years, they have done very well,” he said.

Harmon said that he was proud to have served in the army, and urged Guyanese to join. “It gives you that discipline, appreciation for order, and that is what we need in Guyana today,” he said.