President David Granger on Monday said that Bartica is going to become a “rich, green town”.
A Ministry of the Presidency release said that he was speaking during a toy drive at the Bartica Secondary School, where approximately 400 children received Christmas presents compliments of the government.
Adverting to the planned naming of the community as a town in 2016, the President said, “Bartica is going to be a rich, green town. It is going to be a prosperous town and all of you… will be able to enjoy a good life in years to come. May God bless you and Happy Christmas.”
The release said that the Head of State was accompanied by Minister of Social Cohesion, Amna Ally, who was instrumental in organising the countrywide toy drive.
Ally, in an invited comment, said that spreading cheer to children at Christmas is something the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) has been doing, since they were in opposition.
The PNCR is a member of A Partnership for National Unity which is in a coalition with the Alliance For Change.
“We believe that our children across the country must enjoy the Christmas. Many of them cannot afford it and so the President himself promised a good life for all and we have taken a (cue) from that. We’ve gone in all ten administrative regions, in various communities and we have been distributing toys, having little Christmas parties, sharing goodies and so on”, she said.
The Minister said that Government has received significant private sector support to ensure that the toy drive is a success and that while they will be able to reach all ten administrative regions this year, the Government hopes to touch more communities in coming years.