Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness signs the instrument of appointment, watched by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen. (GP)
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KINGSTON – Leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), Andrew Holness was on Wednesday afternoon sworn into office for a second consecutive term as Prime Minister, promising to work diligently on behalf of Jamaicans.
This marks Holness’ second consecutive term, but his third time serving in the capacity of Prime Minister.
The ceremony was held following last Thursday’s general election in which the JLP won 48 seats in the 63 member Parliament.
Shortly after receiving the instrument of appointment from Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, the Prime Minister stressed that “there is no honeymoon period for this government. Already I am back at my desk working towards our recovery”.
While thanking Jamaicans for placing trust in his administration, Holness, 48, said that the mandate is not taken lightly.
“There is much more work to be done I am humbled and honored that the people of Jamaica have seen it fit to give me the opportunity to once more be the chief steward of their affairs – thank you for your vote and support. I commit once again to use every fibre of my being and all the energy of my spirit for the advancement, fulfillment and prosperity of the people of Jamaica. We commit to making this Government the highest in integrity, dignity and efficiency.”
He reiterated the government’s commitment for an accountable government, saying that it will be tough on corruption and warned that available resources would be used for the intended purpose to better the country but should never be found “being used to create an unfair advantage for others”.
He said his administration will move with alacrity to strengthen the anti-corruption framework, to include the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA).
The Prime Minister addressed matters concerning the COVID-19 pandemic, saying that the health and economic impact of the virus is ubiquitous in daily lives and will be that way for some time.
Concerning education, he said his government will expand broadband in public schools and indicated that six new science, technology, engineering and Mathematics academies will be created.
On issues related to telecommunication, the Prime Minister promised that there will be no more dropped calls and the government will build a national broadband infrastructure to be managed by a public-private entity.
Holness also committed to providing over 150 000 new jobs, which would come from areas such as film, animation and logistics; as well as grants to micro, small and medium sized businesses.
He also said that the government will fulfill the JLP’s manifesto promise to provide about 70 000 new housing solutions, including 10 000 that will be reserved for young people 18 to 25 years. (CMC)