Guyana’s most popular businessman and social media personality, Azzrudin Mohamed, appears to have taken personal offense at a Ministry of Education circular released in late January 2024. The circular (posted at the end of this article), which most people think is aimed at Team Mohamed’s or its Principal, Azzrudin Mohamed, prohibits headteachers from allowing private individuals access to schools or students even if the aim is to make donations. Any headteacher failing to comply with the instructions, the circular stated, will face disciplinary action.
Although the document doesn’t specifically mention any names or any particular persons or businesses, most Guyanese, who are adept in reading between the lines, are of the opinion that it is directed towards Mohamed. Arguably Guyanese richest man, Azzrudin Mohamed is an acclaimed social media personality and philanthropist, amongst other things, and is regularly seen in social media postings assisting less fortunate persons of all races, classes, and religions. Mr. Mohamed, on numerous occasions, posted photos in which he was interacting with students of schools, giving talks, and making donations.
Last year (2023), after school children were photographed visiting the Mohamed’s residence and posing with pictures of his Ferarri and other sports cars in the company of teachers, the Chief Education Officer, Mr. Saddan Hussain, issued a warning that teachers can only take students to the homes of private individuals with approval from the relevant Department of Education, or something to that effect. The Mohameds, to best of public knowledge, did not respond to that public notice.
However, Azzrudin Mohamed appears to have been perturbed enough to respond to the most recent circular signed by Mr. Saddam Hussain, in which he prohibited access of private individuals to schools. In a shady Facebook Post made yesterday, 1st of February, 2024, Mr. Azzarudin Mohamed said: “The Minister and all of us who are inspirational and are in position of authority, must understand that the ceramic gold rimmed teacup doesn’t belong to us, it’s for our position and it can leave us, or we leave it. All we are worth as human beings is equal to disposable styrofoam cups. Life has twists and turns. We need to take notice and be cognizant of that fact.”
All we are worth as human beings is equal to disposable styrofoam cups. Life has twists and turns. We need to take notice and be cognizant of that fact.Azzrudin Mohamed.
Full Statement by Azzrudin Mohamed
Dear Respected Followers,
Always expect the unexpected in life. I tried not to respond to issues I find unimportant, except sometimes when it becomes necessary. I am referring to the Minister of Education second draconian circular. Priya shared a twenty plus years relationship with us as our lawyer, a friend. She is fully aware of our generosity and social responsibility.
It must be made pellucid that at no time I went to a school or reached teachers or students without receiving prior approval. My father has been a P.T.S.A Chairman for several years and at no time he sought and received permission from the Ministry of Education to solicit donations from corporate Guyana for the development of the school or student welfare. While it may have been a policy, it was dormant and only reactivated now. Why only for me?
Team Mohamed’s objective is to make people happy, offer inspiration and put smiles on their faces.
The Minister and all of us who are inspirational and are in position of authority must understand that the ceramic gold rimmed teacup doesn’t belong to us, it’s for our position and it can leave us, or we leave it. All we are worth as human beings is equal to disposable styrofoam cups. Life has twists and turns. We need to take notice and be cognizant of that fact.
We will continue to be steadfast in our support and assistance to the poor, needy, destitute and also continue to put smiles on the children’s faces during the festive seasons. No one will stop me from assisting my fellow citizens.
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Have a blessed night my fellow Guyanese.