Governor-General Pays Tribute to Jeanette Grant Woodham, OD

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has expressed sadness at the news of the recent passing of Jeanette Grant-Woodham, OD, former President of the Senate of Jamaica.  Mrs. Grant-Woodham will be remembered as an outstanding educator, inspirational leader and devoted civil servant. Her numerous career feats in politics and education centered her as a representation of trailblazing women.

Noting Mrs. Grant-Woodham’s unrelenting advocacy for the recognition of political empowerment of women and the elimination of discrimination against them, Sir Patrick said that future generations would benefit from her contribution to the awareness of gender equality.

Most notable of the many ‘firsts’ of her achievements and contributions, is her service as the first female President of the Senate of Jamaica. Mrs. Grant-Woodham also served the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, The University of Technology, The University of The West Indies and the Tivoli Comprehensive High School.

Her contributions to the development of Jamaica through education and culture are immeasurable. We have lost a treasure in her, but her legacy and life inspires us to break barriers, model servant leadership and to champion causes greater than ourselves.

Lady Allen joins His Excellency in expressing deepest sympathies to her family, friends and colleagues.

Governor-General’s Remarks for the Swearing In Of Prime Minister Andrew Holness



We meet today to signal the start of a new phase in the life of our nation. Thank you for joining us live for this ceremony on all the multimedia platforms.

I begin by extending formal congratulations to the Prime Minister Designate whom his Parliamentary Colleagues and the people of Jamaica have chosen once again for this high office.
Our country is blessed with traditions and systems which allow for good order in the governance of the nation, and the preservation of respect for the voice of our citizens; and Mr. Andrew Holness has once again earned the right to be the Head of the Government of Jamaica.

It could be said of him that one good term deserves another. It could also be said that higher authority than exists on the human plane, has divinely ordained that he should be placed where he is today.
His record of service thus far may impel the Jamaican community to recall two utterances which can serve as inspiration to this generation.
The first is from a Letter to Timothy, written by Paul: “Let no one look down on your youth, but be an example …in speech, in love, in faith and in purity.”The second is attributed to a more modern philosopher Benjamin Franklin, “Energy and persistence conquer all things.”

I hardly need to remind our Honourable Prime Minister Designate that Jamaica which is described as an “island paradise” does not escape the stresses and distresses of a world in economic and social turmoil. Therefore, we share in prayer for God’s blessings on him, confident that his faith will indeed be a shield which protects, and that his energy and commitment will ensure his success in leading the government for the betterment of the Nation.

I also warmly congratulate his dear wife, who makes her own contribution to national development, while providing the support to her husband Prime Minister, at the same time.
Ladies and Gentlemen, our country is in good hands, and our democracy works for us. One of the institutions of which we are very proud and which works well, is the Electoral Commission of Jamaica, chaired by Mr. Earl Jarrett and the Electoral Office led by Mr. Glasspole Brown, who marshalled 30,000 election day workers, 7,000 of whom were sanitizers in 6,975 polling stations at 2,200 locations, to facilitate voting as safely as possible!

I commend the Commission for a job well done!

It is incumbent on all our citizens, elected public officials, members of the voluntary and private sectors to pull together, especially in these testing times, so that indeed Jamaica may, under God, continue to develop, not only for us here, but in response to our commitment to the whole human race.

Thank you and God Bless Jamaica Land we Love.


Governor-General Pays Tribute to Reverend Dr. George Simpson

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has expressed  regret at the news of the recent passing of  the Reverend Dr. George Vincent Simpson, OD, former President of the Jamaica Baptist Union (JBU) and the Jamaica Council of Churches,  and retired pastor of the Mount Carey Baptist Church in St. James.

Reverend Simpson had a long and distinguished career in Christian ministry, having served for over three decades as the Pastor of the Mount Carey Baptist Church, and previously as Pastor of the Stewart Town Circuit of Churches in Trelawny for eleven years.

Reverend Simpson will be  remembered as a loyal and enthusiastic leader  who spearheaded the establishment of the Baptist Food Pantry and Welfare Department in St. James, which assisted numerous persons in times of need.

Throughout his career,  Revd Simpson  impacted the lives of many Jamaicans, and was instrumental in the establishment of several churches and basic schools in the Parishes of Trelawny and St. James. He was passionate, committed,  and undaunted in his ministry to transform human lives.  He  gave unselfishly of his time and energy to several church and school Boards until his retirement in 2015.

The Governor-General and Lady Allen extend their condolences to his widow, Joan,  and their children.



Governor-General Swears in Mr. Hugh Faulkner as The New Commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations

In a ceremony held on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at King’s House, Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen swore in Mr. Hugh Barrington Faulkner as the new Commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) for a term of five years.

Responding to his appointment, Mr. Faulkner thanked the Governor-General for his encouragement and pledged to be guided by equity, fairness and good character in executing his responsibility.

Mr. Faulkner previously served as the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Council, and has served on several Boards and Tribunals including the Board of the Mico University College, the Toll Authority, Jamaica Mortgage Bank, Jamaica Intellectual Property Office and the Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica (PBCJ).

INDECOM is a civilian-staffed state agency tasked to undertake investigations concerning actions by members of the Security Forces and other Agents of the State. The Office is a Commission of Parliament governed by the INDECOM Act which was passed in April 2010.

INDECOM is headed by a Commissioner, who is appointed by the Governor-General, after consultation with the Prime Minister and the Leader of Opposition.



GG Suspends Use of GCMG Insignia

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has announced that he has suspended personal use of the insignia of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG) containing the offending image.  This also follows his acknowledgement of concerns raised by citizens over the  image on the medal, and the growing global rejection of the use of objects that normalize the continued degradation of people of color.

Additionally, The Governor-General  has asked his  Office to initiate an immediate review of  all insignias and iconography associated with the Office of The Governor-General that may be considered racialized or culturally inappropriate.

The Governor-General has sent a letter to the  Chancellor of the Order of St Michael and St George requesting a revision of the image used on the medal, and recommending that it be “changed to reflect an inclusive image of the shared humanity of all peoples.”

Sir Patrick has encouraged everyone to work together to build a more just and inclusive society.