REMARKS BY THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL HIS EXCELLENCY THE MOST HON. SIR PATRICK ALLEN ON, GCMG, CD, KSt.J SWEARING-IN OF A SENATOR & MINISTERS OF STATE

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.’