First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger, this morning, urged pensioners to boost their acquired work experience and skills with technology, so that they will be able to further contribute to the growth and development of Guyana.

Mrs. Granger made this plea during a Presidential Brunch held at the Baridi Benab, State House Compound to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Government Pensioners Association of Guyana.

“In this Age of Technology which has also been called the Fourth Industrial Revolution, you can develop and enhance your skills in information and communication technologies. Then, applying those skills and experience together with the knowledge and expertise you acquired during your careers in the public service, you can work from your homes, work full time or part time, and provide the services needed in Guyana’s expanding economy,” Mrs. Granger said while delivering the feature address.

The First Lady was accompanied by President David Granger.

Mrs. Granger said it is interesting that this year’s celebration is being held under the theme “The Age of Promise”.

“One would have thought that at this time in your lives…you would have been inclined to rest on your laurels and take advantage of quiet days of rest and relaxation. Instead the theme for this commemoration gives the impress of anticipation, of hope and of eagerly awaiting fulfilment of certain goals and objectives,” she said.

The First Lady complemented the pensioners for not sitting “sitting back and anticipating quiet days at home”.

Mrs. Granger reminded the pensioners that their presence at the brunch is testimony of the shared knowledge of the rules and procedures of their various ministries and agencies, of working towards deadlines and crunching numbers in their respective budgets and of hustling to transmit documents to Permanent Secretaries and or Ministers.

“This proves that your lives have meaning, with the skills and expertise you share. It also means that you can continue to be relevant if you take advantage of the opportunities offered in this era of lifelong education,” Mrs. Granger said.

Those in attendance were treated to poems, music and songs.

This milestone celebration is occurring during the month in which senior citizens are honoured.

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