We must award those who have vision and put Guyana first
As we in Guyana are in the process of observing Child Protection Week, we must reflect on what happened in the past few years, where our children (youths) were given several opportunities to showcase their talents and what they have to offer to this land and internationally.
As we are indeed deemed as a poor nation, there are hardly opportunities that exist for our young people today. Many leave secondary schools with several subjects but cannot find a job. Many are hired and being underpaid. Many are frustrated and don’t know what to do. Many cannot afford to have a decent meal when the day comes and many have talents but have not had any opportunity to showcase them.
Those are some of the reasons that cause our youths to abuse themselves in various forms – such as get involved in criminal activities – and most of all this is because they have no means of income. Today many of my young brothers and sisters are turning to drugs and alcohol. Why? Because of the lack of proper sports activities and facilities, peer pressure, and stress in all forms.
But a young man has climbed to a height and has taken many with him to realize their dreams; dreams that now for many have become their livelihood and careers. Dreams that they never dreamt would come their way.
When this young man took the helm at a powerful company, he worked hard to make sure that young Guyanese had their talents showcased in every way and every part of this land. This man has helped many to become stars and today we need to commend and reward him. Not even the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport or the Government has done what he has.
Rewards should be given to those who deserve it and this gentleman deserves a National Award for what he has done for the youths of this land. That man is Mr. Yog Mahadeo, the former CEO of GT&T.
He took sports to another level in Guyana. For instance, when many only used to enjoy hardball cricket, he made softball cricket an everyday household name in Guyana with the countrywide 10\10 competition. When many were saying that Guyanese need a music academy to teach our youths to sing, he took the bold step and allowed our youths to realize their dreams by having a chance on the National and International stage by launching the GT&T Jingle and Song competition. He also took the Spelling Bee competition to a bigger and better level.
As we all know, music is the food of life, and his efforts made many dance to various tunes of their likes by having a national dancing competition. He brought to the fore, Fastball, and many other sports that have allowed our youths to show what they have.
Today, because of Yog Mahadeo, many young people have started to think positively and look towards having a brighter future. He has made many youths and Guyanese as a whole, show great emotion, because of what he has done for all of us, and today my call is for him to be awarded for his vision.
GT&T has lost a great, young leader who was taking the company to new heights that it never thought that it could have reached. He truly made it a household name. Every young child, for example, was looking forward to being a ‘Guyana Star,’ but many realize that now it’s hard to be what they were projecting, without the astute leadership of Yog Mahadeo.
I ask all my brothers and sisters to support the call for this gentleman to be given a National Award by the Government of Guyana for his outstanding contributions to the young people over the past few years.
We must award those who have vision and put Guyana first.