New independence arch commissioned

The Agricola Independence Arch, a gift to the nation from Banks DIH to mark the country’s 50th “Golden Jubilee” independence anniversary
The Agricola Independence Arch, a gift to the nation from Banks DIH to mark the country’s 50th “Golden Jubilee” independence anniversary

Guyana can now boast of its symbols of independence as a new arch was commissioned on Friday at Agricola, Greater Georgetown, in time to mark the country’s 50th “Golden Jubilee” Independence anniversary.

The Agricola Independence Arch which was established through a joint partnership between the Government of Guyana and Banks DIH, was designed specifically to match the initial arch located at Brickdam, will act as the boundary point for the Capital City.

Beating the heavy downpours, members of the Government, diplomats, students and citizens assembled at the venue early on Friday morning to witness the monumental event.

Addressing the gathering, President David Granger highlighted the significance of the Independence Arch as Guyana nears the celebration of its Golden Jubilee anniversary.

He cited that the arch serves to be a separation of boundaries, not only physically but also symbolically, in terms of the development of the country over the past prehistoric ages.

“This arch moreover will not only separate the city from its surrounding areas but to separate the past from the future. It defines the disappointments and setbacks of our history,” Granger said.

He added that the arch will also signify the personalities who had fought for the independence of Guyana.

Noting the point that the construction of the arch is just one of the projects undertaken to develop the capital city, the Head of State revealed the plans of the government to have Georgetown transformed into a safe, green and sustainable city.

He encouraged all Guyanese to get on board, regardless of social segregation, and work together so that the capital city can be restored to its former glory.

With this being said, he assured that once adequate work has been done on the restoration process of the city, persons will be able to feel secured in their own country again.

Meanwhile, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson during his feature address reiterated the sentiments expressed by the Head of State, while noting the significance of the symbol. He cited that the arch serves as a reminder of those who had fought for the country’s freedom 50 years ago.

He took this time to disclose plans by the Government to have a similar arch, which would be the third, erected on the East Coast of Demerara as another symbol of Guyana’s independence status.

Patterson added that the Ministry is currently engaged with sponsors to garner finances to fund the project.

“The arch will mark the northern boundary of Georgetown. Both the Private Sector Commission and the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce have been contacted for assistance in financing the arch.”

The arch which reportedly cost a sum of $20 million stands across the East Bank corridor at 200 feet, with its design showcasing the 50th anniversary logo on a crown, adorned with Guyana’s national flag.

This will replace a similar arch which had been erected in Ruimveldt but had been dismantled to facilitate the road expansion project on the East Bank of Demerara in 2004.