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Thursday, 01 June 2017 00:00

Belizeans now have a new set of citizens to continue to take on the task of nation building. Some 36 persons were officially sworn in on Tuesday evening for the second time this year and for the first time at the Department of Immigration’s main building on Dry Creek Street, Belmopan.

Administering the Oath of Affirmation was Mr. Godsfrey Ramos, who is the Commissioner of the Supremee Court. As the oath was read, all persons stood and did raise their right hand.

“I do swear that I will bear true faith and allegiance to Belize, will uphold the constitution and the law of Belize and that I will faithfully and conscientiously contribute to the development of Belize and discharge my duties and responsibilities as a Belizean citizen…so help me God.”

Some of these new Belizeans came from wide afield, such as Nigeria, Turkey, Bangladesh, China and from both the Central and Caribbean Regions. But for former Turkish citizen Erdut Kelat the process of becoming a naturalized Belizean is a special one. Kelat told us that he escaped from a bomb explosion in his country last year as ISIS began to lever its operations from war ravaged Syria last year.

In his address to the new Belizeans on Tuesday, Edmund Zuniga, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Immigration and who deputized for Minister of State Beverly Williams, informed that their new nationality certificates now had on new security features. Zuniga also called on the new citizens to review their obligations under the Belize Constitution.

Our new Belizeans have been warned not to laminate their new nationality certificates as that will make it void.

Most have been in Belize for more than five years, one of the requirements for Nationality. We can now rely on these new citizens as two of them come from the medical field.