At the end of November North Abaco Member of Parliament Renardo Curry met with the heads of government departments thanking them for their service and encouraging them to uphold standards of efficiency and professionalism.
Mr. Curry said that the heads of each department updated everyone on what is going on in their agencies. He added that they spoke of encouraging camaraderie, as the government, though it has many departments, is one.
“Abaco has to be unified,” Mr. Curry said. “And my message to them is that we are one for the betterment of the island of Abaco.”
He encouraged them to remember the standards that they hold to must be reflected in their everyday work. “Each department has to work with that efficiency, that professionalism in mind.”
Mr. Curry said that he is pushing for Abaco to become decentralized, “where we can have more autonomy with our own affairs, with even the possibility of having a Ministry of Abaco, like Grand Bahama has.”
He cautioned though that with increased resources comes more responsibility. In that vein he wants to host a number of workshops through the Ministry of Finance to equip departments with the information and skills needed to better manage the public treasury finances.
“For all of those departments that have responsibilities to properly manage government assets and property, we will have trainers down to help the department heads to better themselves and the government assets in their care,” he said.
He thanked them for all the work they have been doing and encouraged them to continue to work on the communication between their departments.
“What I heard from them is that they have a very good network of communication between them and mutual respect and they work closely with each other which is a very good thing,” he remarked.
Mr. Curry noted that with growth an increase of crime often follows. With this he added that he wants residents of Abaco, while the island is growing and more people are moving here, to be strong against crime. “We don’t want what is happening in Nassau to happen here,” he said.
He encouraged the Departments to maintain the standard of integrity and professionalism. “We will continue to work together and Abaco will be that special island everyone has come to love,” he said.