Peoples must be confident in NATIONAL AWARDS SCHEME
The national honours and awards scheme serves to acknowledge persons who have made significant contribution and sustained efforts in critical areas of national life.
SEVERAL COMMENTATORS have insisted that the national honours and awards scheme must be operated according to established criteria or risk falling into disrepute and controversy.
“The national honours and awards scheme must have an institutionalised and structured system with criteria that makes it predictable, and enable people to feel confident in the selection process,” stated Sir Kenneth Hall, former governor general of Jamaica.
He said that, as a central feature of nation building, the national honours and awards scheme serves to acknowledge persons who have made significant contribution and sustained efforts in critical areas of national life, as well as inspire others to do so. Sir Kenneth, who is a former principal of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, pointed out that the persons and categories being recognised signify the areas of great value in the society.
On October 16, 2017 – National Heroes Day – Governor General Sir Patrick Allen will confer national honours and awards on hundreds of recipients during a ceremony at King’s House. The awardees were previously announced in the press on Independence Day, August 6. This followed submissions from the public to the Chancery of the Orders of the Societies of Honour at the Office of the Prime Minister, during the customary nomination period from January to March.