Newly Appointed Ministers take Office

His Excellency The Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen presents Dr. Nigel Clarke with his instrument of office as the Minister of Finance and Public Service at the swearing in ceremony at King’s House, on March 27, 2018.His Excellency The Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen presents Dr. Nigel Clarke with his instrument of office as the Minister of Finance and Public Service at the swearing in ceremony at King’s House, on March 27, 2018.
His Excellency The Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen, Governor-General (3rd left) and The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, Prime Minister (3rd right) share lens with the newly appointed Members of Cabinet following the swearing-in ceremony at King’s House this afternoon (March 27, 2018). From left are Mr. Zavia Mayne – State Minister, Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Mr. Alando Terrelonge- State Minister, Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Mrs. Faval Williams- Minister without Portfolio, Ministry of Finance and the Public Service and Dr. Nigel Clarke- Minister of Finance and the Public Service.His Excellency The Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen, Governor-General (3rd left) and The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, Prime Minister (3rd right) share lens with the newly appointed Members of Cabinet following the swearing-in ceremony at King’s House this afternoon (March 27, 2018). From left are Mr. Zavia Mayne – State Minister, Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Mr. Alando Terrelonge- State Minister, Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Mrs. Faval Williams- Minister without Portfolio, Ministry of Finance and the Public Service and Dr. Nigel Clarke- Minister of Finance and the Public Service.
His Excellency The Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen looks on as Mr. Zavia Mayne subscribes to the oath of Allegiance and the Judicial Oath on March 27, 2018.His Excellency The Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen looks on as Mr. Zavia Mayne subscribes to the oath of Allegiance and the Judicial Oath on March 27, 2018.
His Excellency The Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen looks on as Mr. Alando Terrelonge takes in the Oath of Office as a State Minister at a swearing in ceremony at King’s House on March 27, 2018.His Excellency The Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen looks on as Mr. Alando Terrelonge takes in the Oath of Office as a State Minister at a swearing in ceremony at King’s House on March 27, 2018.
His Excellency The Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen, Governor-General and Mrs. Dionne Tracey-Daniel, Governor-General’s Secretary look on as Mrs. Faval Williams subscribes to the Oath of Allegiance and the Oath of Office as a Cabinet Minister, at a swearing in ceremony held at King’s House on March 27, 2018.His Excellency The Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen, Governor-General and Mrs. Dionne Tracey-Daniel, Governor-General’s Secretary look on as Mrs. Faval Williams subscribes to the Oath of Allegiance and the Oath of Office as a Cabinet Minister, at a swearing in ceremony held at King’s House on March 27, 2018.

A day after changes were announced to the Cabinet, Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen on Tuesday afternoon (Mar. 27) presided over the swearing-in ceremony for new Ministers of Government at King’s House.

In addressing the brief ceremony, the Governor-General stated that the newly appointed Minister were being called to serve in the government at a time when people are looking for transformational leadership to move the country forward.

“By accepting the Prime Minister’s invitation you are indicating your willingness to commit yourselves to service for all Jamaicans and to assist with the realization of the policy and programme objectives of the government,” Sir Patrick Allen said.

He stressed the importance of collaboration and unity to the success of any group or organisation that provide leadership and urged the ministers to use their offices wisely and make the country proud.

The swearing-in ceremony which was witnessed by Prime Minister Andrew Holness and close family of the new Ministers, saw the appointment of Dr. Nigel Clarke as Minister of Finance and the Public Service and Faval Williams as Minister Without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.

Mr. Alando Terrelong and Mr. Zavia Mayne have been appointed as State Ministers in the Ministries of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport as well as Labour and Social Security respectively.

Take responsibility for your actions GG tells Hampton Girls

Lady Allen plant a poui tree at the Hampton School in commemoration of the schools 160th anniversary celebration.Lady Allen plant a poui tree at the Hampton School in commemoration of the schools 160th anniversary celebration.
His Excellency The Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen delivering his keynote address at Hampton School 160th anniversary celebratory event.His Excellency The Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen delivering his keynote address at Hampton School 160th anniversary celebratory event.
Hampton’s Head Girl Deandre Sutherland hugs Her Excellency the Most Honourable Lady Allen after presenting her with a token of appreciation.Hampton’s Head Girl Deandre Sutherland hugs Her Excellency the Most Honourable Lady Allen after presenting her with a token of appreciation.
His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen prepares the soil for planting a poui tree at Hampton School as acting headmistress Mrs. Roseann Lounges looks on.His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen prepares the soil for planting a poui tree at Hampton School as acting headmistress Mrs. Roseann Lounges looks on.

As the nation tries to come to terms with a range of social issues, Governor General Sir Patrick Allen is urging students of Hampton School to start a new trend by taking responsibility for their actions and the well-being of others.

In a thought provoking speech during a ceremony held at the school on Tuesday (Feb. 27) to mark its 160th Anniversary, His Excellency said that while this is a most exciting time to be alive, with all the inventions, modern technology and access to education, it is nevertheless the most dangerous.

“You are young, and the world is waiting for you.  Starting now there’s a lot of living to do; and by living I do not mean self-indulgence and pleasures, but the positive things you will do to make the world a better place,” the Governor General said.

He told students that as they will pass this way only once, their actions should reflect a statement by renowned educator Horace Mann who said people should “be ashamed to die until you have won a victory for humanity.”

He also had a word for teachers, parents and guardians who are charged with nurturing young minds.  “Parents and teachers, today I urge you to remember the grounds of integrity on which our forefathers fought; for while these young ladies are radiant blooms of tomorrow, we must not hide the realities from them, or be afraid to talk to them about the evils of this world,” he stated.

Sir Patrick Allen called on parents and teachers to create a solid foundation for young people starting with the family, as the vehicle in which strong, confident and ambitious youth are raised.  “Where the home is broken we have girls who are not so confident, not sure of themselves and who are crying out through their actions, for some form of support,” he noted.

Accompanied by Lady Allen, the visit also featured the planting of two commemorative poui trees by Their Excellencies, but not before the Governor General told students to maintain a record of hard work and good behaviour, as they keep alive the illustrious and vibrant traditions of excellence which is the hallmark of Hampton School.

Justice Bryan Sykes sworn-in as Chief Justice

His Excellency The Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen confers the Order of Jamaica on The Honourable Mr. Justice Bryan Sykes at King House on March 1, 2018.His Excellency The Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen confers the Order of Jamaica on The Honourable Mr. Justice Bryan Sykes at King House on March 1, 2018.
His Excellency The Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen looks on as The Honourable Mr. Justice Sykes takes in the Oath of Allegiance and the Judicial Oath on March 1, 2018.His Excellency The Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen looks on as The Honourable Mr. Justice Sykes takes in the Oath of Allegiance and the Judicial Oath on March 1, 2018.
His Excellency The Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen looks on as The Honourable Mr. Justice Sykes subscribes to the oath of Allegiance and the Judicial Oath on March 1, 2018.His Excellency The Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen looks on as The Honourable Mr. Justice Sykes subscribes to the oath of Allegiance and the Judicial Oath on March 1, 2018.

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen says this morning’s (Mar. 1) swearing-in of the Honourable Mr. Justice Bryan Sykes as Chief Justice, is a celebration of the “oneness of national purpose”.  He was addressing guests including members of the judiciary, as well as the executive and legislative arms of government, who witnessed the event which was held at King’s House.

The Governor-General further stated that despite the vicissitudes of governance, “the nation can remain confident that our constitution and our governance arrangements are inviolate and our democracy is even more vibrant as when it began fifty-five years ago.”

He said that as a resilient people with strong and respected national institutions, Jamaicans can “…take pride in our ability to accept responsibility, to reconcile differences and take actions which clearly demonstrate that the wellbeing of the nation is paramount in our decisions.”

Sir Patrick Allen said Chief Justice Sykes should continue to build and transform the judiciary on the solid template left by his predecessor the Honourable Mrs. Justice Zaila McCalla, as he brings credit to his administration and to the society at large.

Chief Justice Sykes was also conferred with the Order of Jamaica by The Governor-General.

Governance Meeting at King’s House

The Governor-General convened a tripartite meeting with representatives of the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of the Government of Jamaica, on the written request of the Prime Minister, on Friday February 16, 2018, at King’s House The meeting was intended to explored ways in which each of the branches of government can collaborate and support the smooth operation of our governance structure and provide the best service to the people of Jamaica.

The Executive was represented by the Prime Minister; the Ministers of Finance & the Public Service, National Security, Justice and the Attorney General. The Legislature was represented by the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate. The Judiciary was represented by the Chief Justice (Ag), the President of the Court of Appeal, the Senior and other Puisne Judges.

“The people should know that this is not the first time the branches of Government have met to consider a path forward in resolving issues.   The first meeting proved to be a most effective forum for dialogue. This second meeting has been called to address recent developments, to allay anxieties that the public may have and to assure everyone that our democracy is alive and well,” remarked the Governor-General.

The Prime Minister requested the meeting of the three branches in response to a perceived threat to the independence of the Judiciary, which is a core principle of our governance structure. He reiterated that the Executive had no intention of undermining or diminishing the role of the Judiciary, emphasized the high esteem in which the judicial branch was held and assured the meeting that “I do not take lightly the exercise of any authority vested in the Office of Prime Minister to ensure the effective and dignified running of the Jamaican State.  My primary interest is to ensure that all of government works in the best interest of the people and that public resources are efficiently used and properly accounted for by those who use them.”

The Judiciary declared that the three branches of the Government were ‘separate but not separated, equal and independent’ in their core functions, while acknowledging that all branches had to work together.  They agreed that the meeting allowed for misunderstandings to be cleared up on major issues of concern, in a manner that does not bring the judiciary into disrepute and kept it beyond reproach. “This forum provides an avenue for dialogue and it should become part of our governance structure.  That way, we avoid the recent unfortunate event which were extraordinary and should not be a common occurrence,” said Chief Justice (Ag).

The Judiciary agreed that that timelines for the delivery of judgments and the disposal of cases should be established.  The Executive committed to make more resources available, firstly by way of special project allocation in the upcoming fiscal year and thereafter, system wide allocation going forward.

In addition to separation of powers, the independence of the judiciary and the executive’s remit, other issues discussed in-depth included the pandemic of crime and violence in the society, impact of delays in the courts, public confidence in the justice system, adequacy and efficient use of allocated resources, accountability of the justice sector and performance management.

The Governor-General observed, “Everyone can be assured that recent developments were ventilated in an atmosphere of mutual respect and understanding as the Prime Minister and Chief Justice reflected on the recent developments in the Judicial branch and everyone agreed that the situation could have been better and differently handled.  All three branches have committed to keep inviolate the constitutional arrangements for the governance of our democracy.  We will explore how to make this forum a permanent feature of our governance structure.”

MY MEMORY OF THE MOST HON. SIR HOWARD COOKE FORMER GOVERNOR GENERAL OF JAMAICA

The Hon. Sophia Azan, Custos Rotulorum for the Parish of St. Catherine

Meeting the Most Hon. Sir Howard Cooke for the first time at Kings House, and not knowing what the meeting was all about, I was very nervous. At his welcome, however, I was relieved of my nervousness and was made to be very comfortable. He then said, “You are a beautiful woman, and I am happy that they have chosen a godly one.”

Having congratulated me on being the first lady selected as Custos of the parish of St. Catherine, he prayed for me, and I in turn prayed for him.

At my installation on May 15, 2003, Sir Howard – I believe – was impressed with my speech. Pronouncing my name more like “Sa-fi’re”, he remarked that I was “Little bit but tallawah.” With his able and meticulous conduct of the event, his insertion of such cultural affirmation, and his powerful charge to me, my installation became a hallmark launch for my tenure as Custos. (more…)