Min­is­ter Montoute pre­pared to ex­e­cute seam­less tran­si­tion

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Within a week of be­ing ap­pointed as Min­is­ter for Eq­uity, So­cial Jus­tice, Em­pow­er­ment, Youth De­vel­op­ment, Sports, Cul­ture and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, the Hon­ourable Lenard “Spi­der” Montoute is mov­ing full steam ahead.

Min­is­ter Montoute, who pre­vi­ously served as Min­is­ter for So­cial Trans­for­ma­tion dur­ing his last min­is­te­rial ap­point­ment, is no stranger to the im­pact and im­por­tance of so­cial ser­vices to the coun­try.

As ex­pected, the first or­der of busi­ness for him­self and col­leagues the Hon­ourable Ed­mund Estephane and Sen­a­tor For­tuna Bel­rose was an as­sess­ment of the sta­tus quo. Min­is­ter Montoute as­serted that “one of the is­sues we have to look into im­me­di­ately is the set-up of the var­i­ous boards, be­cause tra­di­tion­ally when a new ad­min­is­tra­tion is sworn in, board mem­bers ten­der their res­ig­na­tions so as to pro­vide the Min­is­ter with a free hand go­ing for­ward. I am in the process now of en­sur­ing that we ap­point our var­i­ous boards as speed­ily and seam­lessly as pos­si­ble. By and large we want to have a smooth tran­si­tion with­out caus­ing any dis­rup­tions.”

The three Min­is­ters as­signed to the Min­istry met with heads of de­part­ments and the statu­tory agen­cies that fall un­der the Min­istry’s purview. Hon­ourable Montoute shared his op­ti­mism for the fu­ture of his Min­istry, cit­ing plans to im­prove ex­ist­ing ini­tia­tives to com­ple­ment new plans. He said that he has ev­ery con­fi­dence that the three Min­is­ters who share the port­fo­lios are pre­pared to de­liver.

“We have Hon­ourable Estephane who is the point per­son for Youth and Sports, Sen­a­tor Bel­rose who is the point per­son for Hu­man Ser­vices and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and I am tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for Eq­uity, So­cial Jus­tice, and Cul­ture which is a new port­fo­lio that has been added to the so­cial ser­vices,” Min­is­ter Montoute said.

The Min­is­ter also hinted at his ex­cite­ment about the Cul­ture port­fo­lio which will soon see Car­ni­val be­com­ing a pre­miere Na­tional Fes­ti­val de­serv­ing of the in­put of more re­sources and recog­ni­tion.

Sen­a­tor For­tuna Bel­rose and Min­is­ter Lenard Montoute.

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