I want to thank the Most Honourable Prime Minister for the confidence he continues to repose in me, to continue the transformation of Local Government. Let me declare at the outset that this Administration is the most progressive to have governed Jamaica in decades, especially in relation to Local Government.

I make that statement with confidence, as someone who has observed and been involved in the history of local government over the last 41 years.

This Administration is infusing Local Government with new life, through innovative programmes that are restoring its intimacy and meaning to our people, and I am humbled and proud to be the one who is now shaping the present and the future of local government through this time of fundamental change.

The process of transforming this level of Government for national prosperity involves not only the implementation of major policies and programmes, but also the investment of significant money and time in the social and physical infrastructure of Local Government.

Our burning desire for a better life for everyone is inspired by the National Pledge, and especially, its call for us to “…work diligently and creatively, to think generously and honestly, so that Jamaica may, under God, increase in beauty, fellowship and prosperity…”

After two years, 2 months and 9 days in office, 800 days Mr. Speaker, this Administration is demonstrating in real terms, and in a real sense, its commitment to our people through substantial and continuing capital investments in the structures and services of Local Government.


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