Granger adds an­other min­istry

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Dawn

Hast­ings- Williams, Min­is­ter within the Min­istry of Com­mu­ni­ties has been re­moved from that po­si­tion and will now as­sist Pres­i­dent David Granger in the Pres­i­dency.

A new post of Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Af­fairs within the Min­istry of the Pres­i­dency has been cre­ated

Days a f t e r t he a nnounce­ment by the Presi dent, t he Min­is­ter was un­aware of the de­tails of her new port­for­lio and was await­ing fur­ther word from the Pres­i­dent. The govern­ment now boasts 20 min­istries and 25 min­is­ters who now re­ceive twice as much as for­mer min­is­ters in the PPP\C ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The Pres­i­dent said that Hast­ings will be tak­ing up her new po­si­tion at the end of this month.

“Min­is­ter Hast­ings com­ing into the Min­istry of the Pres­i­dency is a con­tin­u­a­tion of that process of re­bal­anc­ing,” the Pres­i­dent said, not­ing that, “it is a ques­tion of my own judge­ment. I con­tin­u­ously have to eval­u­ate the work­load of every Min­istry…there is a con­tin­u­ous process of en­sur­ing that the Govern­ment works well.”

Min­is­ter Hast­ings-Williams, who has had lit­tle vis­i­bil­ity since tak­ing of­fice, was in charge of the water sec­tor in the Min­istry of Com­mu­ni­ties.

Hast­ings-Williams will be join­ing a list of other Min­is­ters who were re-as­signed from t heir posts over the past two years.

On June 13, 2017, Min­is­ter Ru­pert Roop­naraine was re- as­signed from his post of Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion to the Min­istry of the Pres­i­dency as Pub­lic Ser­vice Min­is­ter. As a re­sult, Min­is­ter Ni­co­lette Henry took up the post as Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter.

In 2016, the Pres­i­dent had also re­moved Min­is­ter Cather­ine Hughes from the Min­istry of Tourism to Pub­lic Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions. Also, Raphael Trot­man was ap­pointed as Min­is­ter of Nat­u­ral Re- sources from the Min­ist r y of Gov­er­nance and that port­fo­lio was given to Prime Min­is­ter, Moses Nag­amootoo. Min­is­ter Si­mona Broomes was also shifted from the Min­istry of So­cial Pro­tec­tion to t he Min­istry of Nat­u­ral Re­sources, while Min­is­ter Keith Scott was moved to the Min­istry of So­cial Pro­tec­tion from the Min­istry of Com­mu­ni­ties and was tasked with re­spon­si­bil­ity for Labour.

Min­is­ter Va­lerie Sharpe-Pat­ter­son was then given the nod for the post of Min­is­ter within the Min­istry of Com­mu­ni­ties with re­spon­si­bil­ity for Hous­ing.

In Jan­uary of this year, Pres­i­dent Granger made some ad­di­tional changes to his Cabi­net, re- as­sign­ing Min­is­ter Volda Lawrence from the Min­istry of So­cial Pro­tec­tion to head the Min­istry of Pub­lic Health while Min­is­ter Amna Ally was moved from the Min­istry of So­cial Co­he­sion to the Min­istry of So­cial Pro­tec­tion. For­mer Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Health, Dr. Ge­orge Nor­ton was moved then from the Min­istry of Pub­lic Health to the Min­istry of So­cial Co­he­sion, which falls un­der the purview of the Min­istry of the Pres­i­dency.

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