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Mr. Speaker, let me acknowledge the power and goodness of Jah who has given me health, strength and guidance over these 40 years, as the representative of the people of Central Clarendon nine consecutive times. The people of Central Clarendon must be given Pride of Place for their continued, unwavering and indefatigable confidence in me.

I recognize and am humbled and deeply honoured by the Faith placed in me by my Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness, for placing me in a new portfolio as Minister of Labour and Social Security.

Mr. Speaker, with the new portfolio and my years of service I still have to learn very quickly and the luxury of time is not on my side. So as I pick up the baton left by my colleague Parliamentarian, the late Shahine Robinson, let me immediately recognize with much sadness, the sterling job she did over the last 4 years as Minister of Labour & Social Security and the excellent humanbeing she was to the constituency of North East St. Ann and the country on a whole.

Mr. Speaker, I must acknowledge the work of our State Minister of Labour and Social Security, The Hon Zavia Mayne, who kept the ship steady during Minister Robinson’s absence from the Ministry as she battled her illness.

All this, Mr. Speaker, would not be possible had it not been for the commitment, dedication, professionalism and stick-to-itive-ness of the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Colette Roberts Risden and her staff at the core Ministry and the Parish Offices. I acknowledge the support of the unions and employers, as well as our international development partners the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Development Bank, as we execute the work of the Ministry.

You know, Mr. Speaker, the Constituency of Central Clarendon, with support from Ms. Daphne Taylor, has been the wind beneath my wings. To them I say thank you. My Councillors keep things together on the ground in my absence, as I execute my duties as a Minister of Government.

Mr. Speaker, leaving the best for last, permit me to say to my wife DAWN, ‘Honey I appreciate you more than you ever know, as the Love of my life and the rock of the family’. Simply put Mr. Speaker, she is my favourite girl.

Mr. Speaker, the march towards modernity will carry with it a paradigm shift in the way we live, work, do business and raise our families.

This world will not be the same anymore. As for me I will move into the molecular world with my energy buttons functioning.

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