Bauxite centennial observancesLeaders in the bauxite rich community of Linden, in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) have hailed the contributions of the commodity to the development of the country as a whole, as the celebrations to mark aRegion 10 Chairman Renis MorianLinden Mayor Carwyn Hollandhundred years of bauxite mining in the town begins to unfold.Against the backdrop of the centennial (1916-2016) activities, a recent programme was launched in the mining town. In delivering remarks, Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland and Region 10 Regional Chairman Renis Morian reminisced on the significant strides made by the community in the bauxite industry, while calling on the nation to pay tribute to the town.Holland made calls for development in the area of education, citing that a mining school should be established in Linden, as patronage to the century old activity, which started by George Bain Mackenzie in the community in 1916. He said there are several things which the community can make calls for given its contribution.“Bauxite is indeed an institution… We need to preserve that institution. Bauxite has made significant contributions to Guyana in 100 years. It was the sector with the largest amount of employees… We need a section of the University of Guyana in Linden to look into this sector and train persons in bauxite mining, mining as a whole, etcetera”, the Mayor reiterated. Holland added that all beneficiaries should play a part at this time in the upgrading of Linden, stating that the community needs all the assistance it can get in an effort to reshape, restructure and upgrade.Looking towards diversification, Holland said he believes that other means of expanding the economy of Linden may be added in addition to bauxite mining.Morian, a former employee within the industry, also made mention of major contributions, which he said Linden has made to the country in the area of bauxite mining, while noting that it has been the foundation of many things. He also made calls for those who would have served to be remembered through writing. In making calls for repatriation, the Regional Chairman said there should be tangible memoirs to those who have dedicated their lives to serving in the industry.“The contribution of bauxite to the development of Guyana, I would like to see our historians write something about that. I would also like to see us write about the people,” he said.The Regional Chairman also hailed the industry’s contribution to sport, noting “It’s very important for us to remember those who would have served as we celebrate 100 years…”More importantly, Morian said this generation should be made aware of the contributions of the bauxite industry.