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Nov 20, 2015

Barrow Says GOB Will Show Appreciation With Finance

While the bust of Garifuna hero Thomas Vincent Ramos has been ready for quite some time, all efforts to compensate sculptor Stephen Okeke have fallen short.  That is until Thursday when PM Barrow pledged that government will make a significant contribution to defray the outstanding balance.  G.O.B. will not only cover the remainder of that debt but it will also contribute financially to the Gulisi Primary School, particularly towards a program that will continue the preservation of the Garifuna language and culture.

 

Dean Barrow, Prime Minister

Dean Barrow

“I want to commit this morning to two things.  I know that there is a bust of Thomas Vincent Ramos that has been done by the sculptor Okeke and it seems that there is some difficulty in finding the funds to pay the sculptor for his work.  The Government of Belize will be pleased to make a significant contribution towards the balance of Mr. Okeke’s fees and I only don’t say that we will pay all of it because I must reserve some funds in particular for the Gulisi Primary School.  There is nothing more important with respect to Belize’s cultural front than the retention of the Garifuna language.  We cannot afford to lose that language and I fear that with the onslaught of modernity too many Garinagu children are not being brought up to speak the language.  Retrieval and preservation must continue to be watch words and in that context it pleases me greatly to commit a significant contribution to the Gulisi Primary School.”

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