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  • Mr. Azan returns to office after he resigned over concerns raised about the erection of wooden shops at the Spalding Market in Clarendon.
  • Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, headed representatives of the Government in attendance.
  • Mr. Azan’s duties were temporarily administered by State Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Hon. Luther Buchanan.

Member of Parliament for North West Clarendon, Richard Azan, was on Thursday, November 14, reinstated as State Minister in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, during a swearing-in ceremony at King’s House.

Mr. Azan returns to office after he resigned over concerns raised about the erection of wooden shops at the Spalding Market in Clarendon. He will assume the responsibilities in the Transport Ministry, which he held between January 2012 and September 2013.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, headed representatives of the Government in attendance, which included members of the Cabinet. They joined members and friends of Mr. Azan’s family, inclusive of Custos Rotulorum of St. Catherine, Hon. Rev. Sophia Azan.

The Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, who presided over the brief ceremony, said Mr. Azan’s reappointment reflects the trust placed in him by the Prime Minister.

The Governor-General expressed the hope that Mr. Azan, on his return to office, “will continue to work to enhance the quality of life of the people that you serve and the people that you will help, as we seek to move Jamaica closer to the achievement of our 2030 Vision.”

Mr. Azan, who spoke to journalists after taking the Oath of Office, and Allegiance, said he had got some much needed rest, and is ready to resume his duties to the Government and people of Jamaica.

Minister with Responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, in welcoming Mr. Azan’s return, described him as a “hardworking” State Minister who, “I believe…will be an asset, particularly in the Ministry that he operates.”

“He is a hands-on person and he was certainly missed because he did so much work in his portfolio assignment,” Senator Falconer added.

Mr. Azan’s duties were temporarily administered by State Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Hon. Luther Buchanan, who will now return to the OPM to resume his substantive duties there.