Over 20 Guyanese teachers along with other faculty members and students welcomed His Excellency David Granger, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to the Hugh W. Campbell Primary School on Friday (March 3).
Granger made his first official state visit to Grand Bahama on Friday and was accompanied Prime Minister Perry Christie and other government officials.
The school was the first stop on the tour, where Granger participated in a tree planting ceremony.
One of the school’s fourth grade teachers, Keshi Edgecombe moderated the assembly and the Guyanese teachers paid tribute by singing their national anthem. Subsequently, students performed piano and Junkanoo selections for the guests.
During the special assembly Granger thanked Prime Minister Christie for including the visit on the itinerary and said that he felt at home with the warm Caribbean welcome.
“I am happy to be here. I would like to say thank you very much to the Right Honorable Perry Christie for bringing me here and I would like to congratulate him and his government not only for what he has been doing for The Bahamas, but what he has been doing for the Caribbean,” he said.
The Head of State told the students about Guyana’s forests and wildlife, and commended their efforts to plant trees given the fact that many countries in the region are faced with threats by natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods and droughts.
In October 2016 Hurricane Matthew ripped through Grand Bahama leaving mass destruction in its wake.
Christie made brief remarks about the island and its people. He specifically commented on the recent devastation of the hurricane last year and how residents have progressed since then.
“When things are bad the people of Grand Bahama never give up,” he said.
According to the Prime Minister, residents on the island have a strong spirit.
“That is the reason why I am here today, because when one or two people are threatened they can easily be hurt, but when all of us come together, it will be difficult to hurt us,” Granger said.
Granger called the tree planting a symbol of the solidarity and friendship between the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and the Cooperative Republic of Guyana.