JIS News

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Professor Kenneth Hall, has called on Jamaicans to devote their skills and talents to creating a nation of which everyone could be proud.
The Governor-General was addressing a meeting of civic and community leaders in St. Mary at the Claude Stewart Park in Port Maria on Tuesday (May 9).
Professor Hall said that his vision for Jamaica was the creation of a society, where people showed appreciation for good governance and rule of law and young people could fulfil their own goals and expectations.
He noted that his vision could only be achieved, if Jamaicans of the pre and post independence generations came together and worked towards the achievement of common goals and adopted excellence as a natural way of life.
Declaring that the impact of such a nation would be significant, Professor Hall said “the new Jamaica would be unlimited in its ability to achieve success if everyone was seized with the determination to pursue excellence and accept the concept that excellence is not an act, but a habit, not a position, but a disposition”.
Professor Hall said that he and his wife were heartened by the goodwill and encouragement they have received from the people of the parish.
The Governor-General’s visit to St. Mary was part of his island wide familiarization tour, which began on April 26, and is aimed at meeting with nationals and consulting with custodes, justices of the peace and other leaders in the parishes.
Noting that the tours provided him with the opportunity to renew his appreciation for the country’s rich history, Professor Hall said that most of all, he welcomed the opportunity to meet with Jamaicans as he took up the mantle of the office of Governor-General.