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Mr. Speaker, I am here today firstly because of the blessings of Almighty God with whom all things are possible. And, I fervently pray for his continued mercy and wisdom.

Let me thank Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller for her quality leadership, optimism about our future, and unquestionable commitment to creating an environment that enables the Jamaican people to be the best that they can be. I am also grateful for her continuing confidence in my capacity to lead the Ministry of Local Government & Community Development as we complete the transformation of Local Government that was started so many years ago.

I would like to recognize the presence of members of my family who have always been there for me – through thick and thin. To the extent that I am able to meet the unending demands of public life is due in no small part to their sacrifice.

It is a most fulfilling experience to work with and for the people of Clarendon South West: my Councillors, my Constituency Executive, Cluster Managers, Youth Leaders, Women Groups, NGOs, the Ministers Fraternal, the Educators, and other stakeholders for the progress and development of the constituency. They are well represented here today.

I want to especially salute Minister of State, the Honourable Colin Fagan. His quiet counsel and loyal support have been invaluable in putting our various projects on a successful path.

Mr. Robert Rainford, the Permanent Secretary, ably leads a committed and patriotic staff. Over the past year, the synergies, the level of motivation and the output of the staff clearly reflect his leadership.

With each passing day, I become more indebted to my personal staff, including my security team, who continue to allow me to tax to the utmost their seemingly boundless reserves of patience, energy, and patriotism.

I am heartened by the degree to which the Local Authorities, Agencies and Departments within this Ministry have demonstrated the capacity to rise to the challenge posed in this complex and crucial period of national development. Mr. Speaker, I cannot leave out my team of Mayors, Councillors, Chair Persons and Board Members, Heads of Agencies such as the Board of Supervision, the Jamaica Fire Brigade, the National Solid Waste Management Authority, Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management and the Social Development Commission; very special thanks to you all. I demand a lot only because I know you are equal to the task…READ MORE

Download Contribution to the Annual Sectoral Debate by the Hon. Noel Arscott, M.P.