“Young people are important to our country” – Minister Sukhai

… presents cricket gear to teams in Region 8

0Amerindian Affairs Minister Pauline Sukhai and Director of Sport, Steve Ninvalle handed over sporting equipment to team captains who had gathered in Campbelltown, Mahdia, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) for a major tape ball tournament,

Government Ministers and other officials are flocked by the team captains

“For us, the young people are important to our country. We know that young people are the human resource for the future. Our Government has coined a very elaborate programme for young people in our manifesto, and we are one year in office, and we are proceeding to implement and execute those commitments we’ve made to the young people of our country in education and job opportunities through more investments,” Minister Sukhai said.
The presentation was made in the presence of Home Affairs Minister Robeson Benn; Natural Resources Minister Vickram Bharrat; Amerindian Affairs Ministry Deputy Permanent Secretary Ryan Toolsiram; Regional Councillor Rajkumar Singh, who is also playing in the tournament; and Campbelltown Toshao Jillian Williams.
The Amerindian Affairs Ministry also sponsored the winning trophy.
The Ministry is looking to continue supporting the sport in the region based on the response.

The cricket equipment donated to teams in Mahdia (DPI Photos)

Toolsiram said from the talent he has seen during the day’s activities, national cricketers could emerge from Region Eight.
“These gear will help you enhance your skills that you have already. Hopefully, in the near future, we will see some national players coming out from this event. So, these events nurture the local talent so that we can then be portrayed on a national level. So, I would like to thank you all for being a part of this activity,” he noted.
Minister Sukhai said the tournament fostered camaraderie among people of different cultures, which is integral to nation-building.
Meanwhile, the Director of Sport is examining ways to assist the community to upgrade the playgrounds. He said the Culture, Youth and Sport Ministry will supply the community with added amenities to enhance the playfields.
“It’s quite important that we have sports in our lives, because it’s not just about competition but it’s about sharing too, as we can use sport to better relationships between communities. From the advent of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport, we have started our robust ground enhancement campaign. I’m telling you this, because, when I saw your ground, hopefully we can assist in making this something that you will be a little prouder about, as it relates to enhancing it, maybe with lights or maybe getting the ground rolled or maybe even helping you to move to another ground.”
The National Sport Commission has been continually supporting sports in Guyana, hosting the first-ever National Sport Conference back in October. (DPI)