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6-Month Deadline! - Holness Gives Cabinet Ministers Time To Prove Their Worth

Cabinet Minsters Get 6 Months To Prove They Deserve Their Jobs

Prime Minister Andrew Holness is giving members of his cabinet an additional six month to prove their worth, which will determine if they are the best fit for the job assigned.

In the lead up to the general election one year ago Holness had signaled to members of his team that job descriptions would be provided but that is yet to materialize.

However; Holness in speaking to the Jamaica Gleaner last Wednesday during a review of the governments one year performance cited that they all know their targets and job descriptions are currently being prepared.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness briefing:

“After one year the ministers are settled in, there is no question and I have been evaluating each and every one. The challenge that I had is that we started in a year where they couldn’t really say they had the opportunity to plan out that year’s programme,” said Holness.

The administration basically inherited a budget from the PNP, and the ministers had to carry out several plans and programmes which were already in place.

“So they have six more (months) to take their current agendas, which they would have started in the middle of last year, to carry through for a full year of their own agenda, and that is how I’m judging them.

“So basically, I would give one year and six months for them to truly achieve the things that they have set for themselves to achieve. And the ministers are well aware. They know what their tasks are and the commitment still stands. After this year they are fully in charge of their portfolios,” added Holness.

According to the prime minister, there were several legacy issues left over by the previous administration that his ministers had to address in the first year.

“The legacy issues that this Government has had to deal with have seen us spending time trying to resolve issues that were just left unresolved. Issues going back to even when we were in government the first time (2007-2011).

“Not to make a criticism of any government but simply to say the process of government must be not to leave any negative legacies but to solve the problems in the term,” added Holness.

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