Tuesday, July 26 2011 @ 03:04 PM AST
Contributed by: NicolaJoseph
The following is the address (verbatim) delivered by the Honourable Nizam Baksh, Minister of Community Development at the formal launch of the Kendra Prachar's Heritage Performance and Service Learning Vacation course for children at its headquarters on Raghunanan Road, Enterprise, Chaguanas on Friday July 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm
All protocols observed
Namaskar - Fathers
I am happy to be here in Raghunanan Road for very many reasons.
• For the sheer joy of meeting the citizens of this community. It is just such a pleasure to visit a new community and meet the people, to see the faces of the elders- and the bright eyed children-the future and the working adults-the faces of today. To see the families you have nurtured and the homes you have built and the way your community lives with each other. I am very impressed with efforts I have seen here this afternoon, as it speaks positively for the future of our country. Words of the Mantra of the Year 1994 (Hurry home to the family).
• To see what initiatives this community has taken to uplift your community. As the Minster responsible for Community Development in TT, my visit must be more than just a social visit. This is why, I am particularly interested in seeing what initiatives you are taking to develop your community. I am interested in seeing what institutions you have built for, it is the institutions you have built that will speak of the community more eloquently than your words.
• To see how ready you are. The initiatives that you have taken will best indicate how eager you are, how capable you are and how ready you are to avail of resources we can make available for the development of your community.
• I want to assure you that the Peoples Partnership Government is people oriented and are therefore eager to bring the Government to you. We want to see that even the hitherto unknown communities discover their potential and rise to national prominence. register their names in the national consciousness. But you too have to play your part. You have to motivate yourself, to organize your self in activities that will help you build a secure, cooperative, progressive and happy community. We are here to facilitate this consciousness in TT.