The Head of the Committees Division of the National Assembly, Debra H. Cadogan, has passed away after suffering from a brief illness.
According to the Speaker of the House Dr. Barton Scotland, who made the announcement on Friday during the 91st sitting of Parliament, Cadogan passed away on Tuesday at the George-town Public Hospital.
Fifty-six-year-old Cadogan, a resident of Section ‘C’, Lot 1, Dr. Miller Drive, Triumph, East Coast Demerara, had served the National Assembly for 19 years, having begun work there on October 6, 1999.
Stabroek News understands that a memorial is expected to be held tomorrow in the North-Western section of the Parliament compound, beginning at 7 pm, while the funeral service is scheduled to be held the following day, July 18, at the Christian Tabernacle Church, located at 301 Church Street. Following the service, Cadogan’s remains will be interred at her home village of Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara.
According to the Parliament of Guyana’s website, the Committees Division was established in May 2003 and provides secretarial and administrative support and procedural advice to all the Committees of the National Assembly. Each Committee is provided with a Clerk and an Assistant Clerk of Committee and, where necessary a researcher.
“The Division is managed by the Head of Committees Division who plays an important role in the coordination of resources between the other departments and in the dissemination of information to and from the Committees Division,” it further read.