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  • Urging Jamaicans to impact the nation
  • GG called on all Jamaica to give full support to the country’s athletes

Governor General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has called on Jamaicans at home and abroad to unite for the country’s development.

“The advancement of our country is the responsibility of each Jamaican both at home and also in the Diaspora and we must not wait for anyone to come and dictate to us what ought to be done.   We, the people of this country, know what is not right with Jamaica and have that duty to fix what is wrong with our homeland,” he stated.

The Governor-General was addressing the official opening ceremony for the National Association of Jamaican and Supportive Organizations’ (NAJASO) 36th Annual Convention on Thursday, July 18, at the Secrets Wild Orchid Hotel in Montego Bay.

Urging Jamaicans to believe in themselves and in their ability to impact the nation and the world, the Governor-General said that nothing should be allowed to distract them from the vision of building a peaceful and fruitful country.

“As we confront the many challenges to Jamaica’s development, we acknowledge that we are still on the journey to the accomplishment of that mission.  We must admit that our progress has been hampered by (various challenges), but we cannot and we dare not lose heart,” he stated.

He said that while this generation might not be able to declare “mission accomplished, we must all unite our efforts together to secure the foundation on which succeeding generations would be able to successfully make such declaration.”

“Look at all that we have achieved, despite the odds. We have no need to fear the future, unless we have forgotten the way we have journeyed so far.  We have, indeed, come a far way and must now resolve to go forward,” the Governor-General stated.

He further called on all Jamaica to give full support to the country’s athletes, especially at this time when the athletic programme is facing some challenges.

The three-day NAJASO convention, which is being held under the theme: ‘A partnership for transformation’ will end on Saturday (July 20) with Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, delivering the closing address.