This edition will examine another four (4) former Members of Parliament; three (3) from Region No. 9, Upper Takutu/ Upper Essequibo, visited by the Clerk of the National Assembly, Mr. Sherlock Isaacs, A.A., and his team and one (1) from Moruca, Region No. 1.
“It is indeed a great honour to be given this opportunity and to say thank you, Sherlock,” said Mr. Sydney C. Allicock, M.S., former Member of Parliament, Vice-President of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, and Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, as he received his Plaque and Certificate of Appreciation.
In an invited comment, Mr. Allicock further said, “When I saw Mr. Isaacs, I said Christmas came early for me. However, that was said jokingly without knowing that this visit was real, so to you and your staff I think you are doing a wonderful job”.
During his discussion with the Clerk, Mr. Magnus Stephens, former Member of Parliament, shared health and farming tips and stories of their service to the region in their younger days.
The former Member of Parliament extended his appreciation to Mr. Isaacs for his visit and for remembering him.
Mr. Stephens, now a pastor, led Mr. Issacs and his team in a word of prayer at the conclusion of the visit.
The outreach programme was initiated to visit, express thanks, and check on the welfare of former Members of the National Assembly of the Parliament of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana. It would also allow our young citizens to know the former Members of Parliament.
“Thank you so much; I never expected something like this but thank you, Mr. Isaacs, remembered me,” said Mr. Mathew R. Charlie, former Member of Parliament, upon receiving his Plaque and Certificate.
According to the Clerk, this was his way of checking on the welfare of the former Members of Parliament who spent long hours in the National Assembly debating policies and making laws for the good Government of Guyana.
“I remember you were the first person from Parliament to greet me,” said Mr. Joseph (Marco) Desouza, former Member of Parliament, as he reminisced on the first time he was greeted as a Parliamentarian by Mr. Issacs who, at the time, served as the Deputy Clerk of the National Assembly.
Mr. Isaacs and Mr. Desuza served as Officers in various regions before re-uniting in the National Assembly.
“I usually tell my children, you see Mr. Isaacs, he is my buddy friend, and I know him long before he entered Parliament.”
The two further reminisced on the times they traversed from Kato to Orinduik and various areas on foot for work duties.
Before parting ways, Mr. Desuza commended the Clerk for his gesture and thanked him for the visit.
Mr. Isaacs informed the former Members of Parliament of his commitment to producing an archival project in the form of a booklet which will be presented, by him, to each former Member. The booklet will include background information, and a compilation of speeches, Bills, or Motions presented in the house by each former member.
The former Members were presented with Certificates of Appreciation, Plaques for their years of dedicated service, and COVID packages containing vitamins and cleaning supplies, among other things.
Mr. Isaacs, during each visit, assured the former Members of Parliament that his secretariat will continue checking on their welfare on a quarterly basis.
Former Members of Parliament Visited
Name: Mr. Sydney C. Allicock, M.S., former Member of Parliament, Vice-President of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, and Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs.
Years of service: 8 Years, 6 Months, and 22 Days
Name: Mr. Joseph (Marco) Desuza, former Member of Parliament
Year of Service: 7 Years, 10 Months, and 18 Days
Name: Pastor Magnus Stephens, former Member of Parliament
Years of Service: 6 Years, 7 Months and 23 Days
Name: Mr. Mathew R. Charlie, former Member of Parliament
Years of Service: 2 Years, 11 Months, and 27 Days.
Join us in the next publication as the outreach programme continues.