Nimba County Senator, Thomas Grupee has urged citizens of the county residing in Bomi, Cape Mount and Gbarpolu counties to unite their efforts to help develop the country.“Disunity breeds division and retards the development of any nation. Good leadership and programs depend on the strength and cooperation of the citizens to improve their own lives,” Grupee told the citizens.He made the call recently in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, where he celebrated the ushering in of the New Year with Nimba citizens residing in that part of the country. Senator Grupee chairs the Senate Committee on Internal Affairs. He reminded his kinsmen to forge unity, adding, “What makes you strong as a people everywhere is the unity that exists among you.”According to him, since he was elected Senator in 2011, his message has always focused on unity.He told the gathering that he is a Senator for the entire citizenry of Nimba County irrespective of where they reside, noting, “This is one of the reasons that necessitated my trip to Western Liberia.” Grupee then dispelled rumors that divisions exist within his county’s Legislative Caucus. He said the county Legislative Caucus is holding together with Senator Prince Y. Johnson leading the way for development in the county.“Our leader, Prince Y. Johnson, is inseparable from the rest of the Caucus in terms of political and social development to the extent that we compliment each others’ efforts,” Grupee said.Gbarma District Commissioner, Ciafa Konneh, in welcome remarks, also called for unity among the Golas and Nimbaians residing in Western Liberia. Senator Grupee was accompanied to that part of the country by former Nimba lawmaker Benedict Bartuah; the county’s Governor in Monrovia, James Zokpoah; and a few members of his office staff. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Guyana Airways Corporation (GAC) which recently won a court case against the State for the use of the name of the air carrier, has revealed that it remains optimistic to hit the market by February 2019.This was disclosed during an exclusive interview with Guyana Times on Friday at the GAC headquarters on Barrack Street, Kingston, Georgetown.The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr Colin Abrams said he was ecstatic over the news that the airline won the case against the State.“We were pretty ecstatic with the ruling of the High Court in our favour that means we can move forward. The court order was procedural, they didn’t follow the procedures that they were supposed to…the bottom line is corporation is a living body and when you are attempting to remove life from that living body you have to notify them first,” Abrams told this publication, while speaking of the experienceThe Chief Executive Officer of Guyana Airways, Colin Abramsbetween himself and the Government.A court proceeding was filed after the CEO of GAC was discovered to be using the name of the previously Government-owned airline, which no longer exists.The inconvenienced business man explained, “Two years after we’ve been registered and putting all this together and spending all this money, they just snuffed the life out of us without a hearing, without anything. We just had a marshal show up at our secretary’s home and that’s it, so they kinda murdered us”.Despite the setbacks, he noted that he hopes the new airline will be able to hit the market by February.Why Guyana AirwaysWhen the CEO was asked why the name Guyana Airways, he averted the question and asked “why not Guyana Airways?”He said, “Since there was a 17-year void where there were no carriers from Guyana and we relied on the services of other airlines, I thought it was time to bring some national pride back to the country”.Local employmentThe fruits of Guyana Airways are already beginning to blossom, as the CEOGAC headquarters on Barrack Street, Kingston, Georgetownrelated that most, if not all Guyanese employees will be hired.According to him, 110 flight attendants have already been hired for the two aircraft which will soon provide flights to Cuba, Barbados and Trinidad for now and will extend its services to the United States of America (USA) when Guyana becomes authorised to do so.Meanwhile, some 150 persons in total will be hired to work on the airline. Training for those employees will be done here in Guyana for four weeks and wind down in Miami, USA.Lower cost flightsAmong the cards expected to be thrown out on the table by the airline is that of low cost flights. The CEO noted that flights with Guyana Airways will be of a reduced cost all year round, which will afford Guyanese the opportunity to fly back and forth from North to South America.Abrams explained, “Usually the number one reason why people fly in a carrier is because of cost and two, it’s not only going to be low-cost but the experience from the time you purchase your ticket to the time you get to the airport”.The CEO promised excellent customer care service as compared to others.