Home Affairs Minister Visits West Coast Stations

Minister Albert-Poyotte (centre) with her entourage at one of her stops visiting fire stations in the south.
Minister Albert-Poyotte (centre) with her entourage at one of her stops visiting fire stations in the south.

Minister  for Home Affairs Honourable Dr. Virginia-Albert Poyotte recently paid courtesy calls to police and fire stations on the west coast of the island. The districts stations visited included the Soufriere, Laborie and Choiseul.

The minister also paid a special visit to the   new recruits   who were undertaking their “hot drills” at the Old Runway in Vieux Fort on Thursday, June 2, 2022.  Minister Poyotte says    the visits and having a presence on the ground are all part of her policy approach.

“So in Home Affairs I have made it my policy to visit as many of the units that are under my watch as possible and I am very much concerned about   conditions of service for employees in government. This is why I have taken time out   from my office together with the team in administration in Home Affairs for us to visit your place of work. Sometimes you get reports, but sometimes you have to see it yourself,” Albert-Poyotte said.

The Home Affairs Minister    disclosed that she was not alone in her endeavor to improve conditions of work for servicemen and women.   She gave the assurance that the support   of her fellow colleagues ministers   and the prime minister have been steadfast.

“The prime minister has given a commitment to improve the lot of government’s employees. He may not have all the money he requires because you know the economic situation is very tough. We are coming out of Covid and then you have the Ukraine war and you hear the price of goods going up and cost of living just sky- rocketing. So we are trying to cope with the situation,” she said.

The minister underscored that notwithstanding these difficult times, the prime minister and her government will provide   urgent attention where needed most.

Meantime, most recently holding the post   of Chief Fire Officer, retired   Mr. Joseph Joseph officially demitted   office on Friday, June 03, 2022 after over thirty years of dedicated service to   the Saint Lucia Fire Service. A   special retirement ceremony will be held in his honour   along with over a dozen other retired fire personnel, from the period 2020 to 2022.

One of the final activities that wrapped up Mr. Joseph’s tenure, was his goodbye tour of   all fire stations on island accompanied by   Minister for Home Affairs the Honourable Virginia Albert Poyotte and an entourage of senior officials.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Send this to a friend