Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness. (FILE)
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Kingston – Governor General Sir Patrick Allen has urged the 14 government ministers and the attorney general – who were all sworn into office on Sunday – to provide the best leadership for the country.
During the swearing in ceremony, held following the September 3 general election, which saw a landslide win for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) – the Governor General said the leadership of the nation should include “habits and practices of loyalty, empathy, accountability, duty and determination, energy and encouragement, respect, selflessness, honour, humility, integrity, innovation, and passion for and pride in your work”.
The governor general noted that Jamaicans are looking to their leaders for clear signals, actions, and direction that will encourage economic, social and political stability.
He told the new appointees that they form the core of the new administration and will contribute to the realisation of the policy and programme objectives of the Government.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Andrew Holness charged the ministers to carry out their duties with integrity, noting that they have a responsibility to “stay in line with the expectations of the people”.
“We are at a turning point, a tipping point, something new and good and powerful can happen in our country. By our actions, if we decide as ministers to exercise the power and authority vested by these instruments with the highest level of integrity, dignity and efficiency, something good can happen in our nation,” he said. (CMC)