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The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has learnt with great sadness the passing of one of its early leaders, Comrade Cedric Vernon Nunes.

News reaching us indicates that Cde Nunes passed away quietly in his sleep in the United States Kingdom, where he has been living for sometime now.

Cde C.V. Nunes came to prominence and was recognized as a national leader during the period 1961 to 1964 when he held the position of Minister of Education in the PPP administration of that period.

Under his guidance educational opportunities expanded to many more Guyanese, particularly the children of the working people and those in the interior areas.

It was also during his time at the head of the Ministry of Education that the University of Guyana was established, allowing thousands of Guyanese to access tertiary education, Cde. Nunes gave his all at this Ministry being fully aware of the importance of education and socio-economic development, He was also conscious of the liberating effects of education on the people as a whole who has spent centuries under colonial domination.

The resistance to the establishment of the University of Guyana by the then opposition parties reflected the efforts needed to overcome colonial mentality in that period.

During the struggle for independence Cde. Nunes along with many other leaders and activist of the People’s Progressive Party was detained and spent years at Sibly Hall in the Mazaruni River.

It was the years spent in the detention that took a toll on his health and eventually forced him to emigrate.

C.V. Nunes served the Party at various level, from the grassroots right up to the leadership of the PPP. He was the Chairman of the Party for a short period. Cedric Vernon Nunes made a very valuable contribution to the PPP and to all Guyana.

He was truly a great Guyanese.

The PPP extends its deepest sympathy to the family and relatives of Cde Cedric Vernon Nunes.

February 1 st, 2008

Founder Leader of the PPP -
Dr. Cheddi Jagan
President of Guyana
H.E Bharrat Jagdeo
General Secretary of the PPP
Donald Ramotar


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