Every Man, Woman and Child Must Become Oil-Minded

Emancipation Messages

(Part 54)

Introduction

Events marking Emancipation Day saw two significant statements from two leading Afro-Guyanese leaders, President David Granger and Professor Clive Thomas. Speaking to different audiences, President Granger who is also leader of the PNCR, the APNU and the APNU+AFC Coalition, called on the Afro-Guyanese community to cease idling and depending on others for money. By contrast, in a Panel discussion in the politically significant East Coast Demerara village of Buxton, Professor Thomas, an economic adviser to the President and co-leader of the WPA, a member in the Coalition, called on his Party to lobby and support cash payments to every single household as their share of the benefits of oil and gas in terms of cash or cheque received in their accounts.

To add to an issue which might loom large in the politics of Guyana, former AFC Chairman Mr. Nigel Hughes, speaking at the same forum with Dr. Thomas, advised caution and called for “a discussion based on data rather than hot air”, asking rhetorically about the criteria and the assessment benchmarks to be used going forward, so that the issue is not reduced to discussions…..