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Dr. Donald Rhodd was sworn in as Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security in a brief ceremony presided over by Governor General His Excellency the Most Hon. Professor Kenneth Hall at King’s House on Friday, April 7, 2006. He completes the slate of twelve Ministers of State, eleven of whom were sworn in on Tuesday (April 4).
Speaking at the Swearing in Ceremony, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller said that Dr. Rhodd was assisting in an area of significant importance and that he was expected to give the Minister of National Security Dr. Peter Phillips his full support.
She advised Dr. Rhodd to ignore destructive criticisms but to pay special attention to constructive ones even those that were harsh. She said that she was depending on him to bring energy to the job and encouraged him to work hard until the problem of crime and violence was fully addressed.
The Prime Minister said that the support of the people of Jamaica was necessary to achieve prosperity, make Jamaica a better place for our children and improve the quality of life of all Jamaicans.