The Independence Arch, which is now completely installed at Cummings Lodge along the Rupert Craig Highway was being rushed in time to be commissioned on the same day that the Anthony N Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence (ANSCAFE) will be hosted in Guyana for the first time. The awards is being facilitated by Ansa McAl Group of Companies, the Trinidadian based company that constructed it at a cost of some $20M.
The Guyana Police Force (GPF) issued an advisory on Wednesday stating that the highway between UG Access Road and Ogle Access Road would have being closed to vehicular traffic from Thursday to Friday to facilitate the installation of the arch at the eastern entrance to Georgetown. However, the installation caused major traffic congestion and angry commuters. This led the Ministry of Public Infrastructure and Ansa McAl to delay the process until Thursday night. The company in a statement said they had scheduled the arch to be installed since last week but unfortunately the fabricator was late in delivering the arch.
Ansa McAL also related that having the Awards ceremony and the commissioning of the Independence Arch same day was also meant to pay homage to the founder of Ansa McAL foundation and patron of the awards, Dr. Anthony N Sabga, ORTT who passed away earlier this month. Dr. Sabga was touted as one of the greatest Caribbean entrepreneurs of the twentieth century, known for his legendary business acumen.
The arch demarks the boundary line of the city of Georgetown and is an independence gift to Guyana from the company. Last year, Guyanese company, Banks DIH also gifted and installed an Independence arch on the East Bank of Demerara, demarking the boundary line to the city on southern side.