Good afternoon and welcome to King’s House.
This afternoon I will swear-in the final set of set of Ministers who will serve in this new Administration.
As Ministers of State-designate you indicated your willingness to assume Portfolio responsibilities, and to contribute to the implementation of the policy and programme objectives of the Government.
Leadership, political or otherwise, is never easy. The task ahead may be daunting but you are here this afternoon because you believe you have the aptitude and attitude to make a difference and to help improve the lives of our people.
I would like you to be challenged by a quote from the late American philosopher, Jim Rohn:
“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humour, but without folly.” Unquote.
This is your opportunity to be purposefully engaged in nation-building. I am sure the efforts that you will make will be worthwhile. As you discharge your responsibilities, I encourage you to let excellence and honesty be your guiding principles. Think carefully about the legacy you want to leave behind as a Public servant.
We are at a watershed period in our country’s history, navigating the challenges in health, social services, the economy, and other areas. You are being assigned to Ministries to assist in the efficacy of their operations
You should contribute to the success of the Ministry and the robust execution of policies to achieve the Administration’s mandate.
You will encounter difficulties but the work is not unsurmountable. I encourage you to seek the ‘wisdom that comes from above’ in all you do. Remember our Lord’s promise, and I quote, ‘Be not dismayed . . . I will strengthen you, I will help you” unquote.
Congratulations. I offer you my best wishes and prayers as you serve our country, ‘Jamaica, land we love.’