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Implementing the national goal of recovering stronger through the institutions of local government

Madam Speaker…

I am privileged today, to make my fifth contribution to the Sectoral Debate as the Minister responsible for Local Government. I am also pleased to address you in this forum, since your ascension to the Speaker’s Chair last year.

That special occasion came after the decision of the electorate, to return the Most Honourable Andrew Holness to serve Jamaica as Prime Minister. In the same way in which the people strongly expressed confidence in him and the
Jamaica Labour Party to continue in office, I am thankful for his continued confidence in me, to serve with my colleagues in Cabinet.

This Ministry has been expanded to include Rural Development and Rural Electrification, and I want to acknowledge my State Minister, Hon. Homer Davis, who has responsibility for this aspect of the Portfolio.

I thank God for giving me the strength to serve, and for the many people who continue to assist me along the way. My family, here and overseas, continue to bear me up and give me good courage.

u My loyalty to my political family in Western Kingston is unending Madam Speaker. I want to give a big virtual wave to my Councillors, my Constituency Executive and all the members of the team, who are watching me today from a
distance. I am grateful for their confidence as we work together to bring development, in all its forms, to every community in the Constituency.

I thank the Permanent Secretary, the leadership team and staff of my Ministry, the staff in the Agencies, the Mayors, Councillors, and all the staff in the Local Authorities, who have given exceptional service especially since COVID-19 hit Jamaica. .

I also want to say a special thanks to my personal staff and my protective personnel, who are with me at close quarters during the joys and frustrations of public life.

We all continue to live through and wrestle with the reality of COVID-19 Madam Speaker.

For the last fourteen months, the national and international story has been about the pandemic and its devastating impact.

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