A strategic plan for social cohesion was today handed over to Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo by Minister of Social Cohesion Dr. George Norton at the National Cultural Center on the commemoration of Social Cohesion Day. The plan is said to give attention to five thematic areas, examining possible areas for intervention by the social cohesion ministry.
In giving the feature address, Nagamootoo said he hopes the event will someday have national significance.
“…because after every elections, this country has seen signs of division, signs of disaffection, signs of disunity and these aftermath of elections seeps into our daily lives and affect our families and affect our children and the politics of division would haunt out until the next cycle of election,” the Prime Minister said.
Nagamootoo commended President David Granger for putting forward the notion of creating such a ministry when the coalition was formed. The ministry was established to “quickly put behind us” political division and ethnic suspension and conflict.
“Social cohesion as an institution, as a ministry has a cardinal role to play in Guyana. It is the glue that we will bring us together, it is the invitation that we all have a role to play on a common stage irrespective of our differences, irrespective of our political persuasion. Social cohesion is not an indication for you to compromise on principle, compromise on belief. It is an invitation for you to share your principle, share your belief so that we understand them and we all can respect every other for our difference and for our diversity,” Nagamootoo told the audience.