THE new Minister for Equity, Social Justice and Culture says social development is a priority.
Within one week of being appointed as the Minister for Equity, Social Justice, Empowerment, Youth Development, Sports, Culture and Local Government, Lenard 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. His first order of business, along with colleagues Edmund Estephane and Senator Fortuna Belrose was an assessment of the status quo.
The three Ministers assigned to the Ministry of Equity, Social Justice, Empowerment, Youth Development, Sports, Culture and Local Government met with heads of departments across the ministry and also the statutory agencies that fall under the ministry’s purview.
Montoute expressed optimism for the future of the ministry, citing plans to improve existing initiatives to complement new plans. He said that he has every confidence that the ministers who share his portfolio are prepared to deliver.
“Honourable Estephane is the point person for Youth and Sports, while Senator Belrose is the point person for Human Services and Local Government; and I am responsible 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 keen interest in the culture portfolio. He intends to make carnival a premiere national festival deserving of the input of more resources and recognition. (G.I.S.)