Mr. Speaker, I give thanks first to the Almighty for His grace and never ending mercies, which have allowed us to be here today, despite the many challenges we have faced, particularly in the past few months as we combat this COVID-19 pandemic.

I also express my gratitude to the Most Honourable Prime Minister for his guidance and leadership during our national challenge.

Steadfast, sure and steady, he’s kept the nation updated every step of the way. Prime Minister Holness is the embodiment of a true Leader. Like the vast majority of Jamaicans, Prime Minister, I am grateful, happy and glad, that it is you and this administration that is
leading Jamaica during this pandemic.

To all the members of staff at the Ministry of Health and Wellness, ably led by the consummate and compassionate Dr. Christopher Tufton, a grateful nation says, “Thank You!”.

To all our frontline warriors, our essential service workers, security personnel, workers in the public passenger industry, our farmers, our political Leaders, the network of supervisors, indoor and outdoor agents, runners on both sides of the fence, thank you for leveraging your time and energy, so that the poor, the disabled and vulnerable could be reached with a care package. We thank our media workers, our social media bloggers, for keeping us informed.

Mr. Speaker, my greatest thanks and salute, is to the people of our wonderful country, Jamaica.

They have given their support and sometimes criticisms, which continue to guide me to do the best I can to serve them. We united in the face of this virus, we rose to the challenge, we assisted each other, we obeyed the regulations, we cooperated. We became our brothers and sisters keepers.

We, all Jamaicans, here and abroad, asked our Eternal Father to bless our land and He did. Because He guarded us with His mighty hand and kept us free from evil powers, He was our light through countless hours.

Mr. Speaker, I am grateful for the support of Permanent Secretary, Dr. Alwin Hales, the Directors and staff members of the Ministry of Transport and Mining and its related agencies, departments and bodies. They have trusted me, as I lead this Ministry and I am grateful for their confidence in me.

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