Minister of Public Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes yesterday donated a number of chairs to the University of Guyana and Theatre Guild which were taken from the Arthur Chung Conference Centre (ACCC) which is currently being renovated.
According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), Hughes said that with the ongoing rehabilitation of the ACCC, the Ministry decided to donate the chairs that would no longer be needed at the centre.
The Minister said that a committee working closely with the administration of the Conference Centre, to monitor the progress of the repairs, initiated the idea of donating the chairs to the University and the Theatre Guild.
Hughes further added that the work on the Conference Centre “is going very well and we are down to reopen by May of 2018”. According to DPI, 275 chairs will be used to upgrade the student’s lounge. It was explained that of that number some will be installed in classrooms that will allow for stationary chairs and the rest will be placed in Centre for Communications Studies’.
Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Guyana, Professor Dr. Ivelaw Griffith received the chairs while Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Philanthropy, Alumni and Civic Engagement, Dr. Paloma Mohamed, thanked Hughes for the donation, DPI said. They both noted that the areas designated for the installation of the chairs are in need of an upgrade and that the contribution is a timely one.
Last week, UG students complained about standing room-only spaces in some classes.
Griffith also thanked Director of Business, Dereck Cummings, Director of the Conference Center, Nandkumar and staff of the University.
Additionally, 100 chairs were donated to the Theatre Guild. Board Member of the Guild Malcolm De Freitas, said that the chairs will improve their capacity to host events and give the playhouse a new ambience.